Remember that NASCAR racer rampage at the end of October’s wild race in Virginia? No, don’t do that anymore,” he said.
Summary: Ross Chastain behind the wheel of the Trackhouse Racing No. 1 Chevy Camaro needed a top four finish at Martinsville, NASCAR’s shortest track, in 10th place.
Chastain deployed a move he (and many others of his generation) used only in video games 20 years ago. This was a wall ride, where you drove the car into a corner at full speed and used the wall to brake and corner the car.It worked: Chastain surged from 10th to 4th on the final turn half mile track It survived the NASCAR playoff format and finished second overall the following weekend in Phoenix.
And the legend seems to be where it remains. NASCAR reporter Zach Albert, Chastain’s “wall ride” maneuver is considered a violation of Rule 10.5.2.6.A. This includes “violations deemed to compromise the safety of the Event or pose a risk to those attending or attending the Event.”
“Fundamentally, when there is a threat to the safety of competitors, officials and spectators, we take it seriously,” said Elton Sawyer, NASCAR’s chief competition officer. I will punish you for your actions.”
So NASCAR administrators enacted the law. No more riding on walls. Attempting to do so will result in a lap or time penalty, preventing the driver from entering the concrete whatever his intentions were.
Chastain admitted in October that it was a high-risk gamble. “But I was happy to do it,” he told NBC. Nascar 2005 On the GameCube where he and his brother Chad played relentlessly.
Chastain’s buccaneer spirit has to be admired, given that the sport literally traces its legacy to bootleggers who sold whiskey in the 1950s. But yeah, when a driver beats a wall ride at the end of every race, the novelty wears off and someone could get hurt.