After an early-race crash sparked by Ross Chastain, Brennan stopped Paul in Monday’s Cup race at Dover Motor Speedway, Paul said Chastain “maybe needs to get his ass up.”
On lap 81, Chastain hit the back of Paul’s car, sending Paul up the track and into the outside wall. Kyle Larson rolled into the crash area with nowhere to go and collided with Paul. Paul left the race. Larson is back on the track after the repairs.
“I didn’t mean to do that at all,” Chastain told his crew over the radio.
After the race, Chastain said on FS1: “I have to say first that I’m so sorry to Brennan and everyone at Rick Ware Racing. That’s right.”
The wreck occurred in the first stage of the race, a fact both Larson and Paul pointed out after the crash.
“I feel like I just got run over,” Paul said. “As soon as he hit me, I just kind of shoved into a corner, like way too deep, and then I immediately turned around. So, I guess it was No. 1? (Chastain). Go figure it out. I mean, just a joke… eighty something goes into it.” Race? For no reason. I was side-by-side with (Austin Dillon), I just got outside and it’s not like I could go anywhere or give him more space than I had. He just ran over me.