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HAMPTON, GEORGIA - JULY 11: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 GEARWRENCH Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Gummies Toyota, on the last lap to win the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 11, 2021 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
HAMPTON, GEORGIA - JULY 11: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 GEARWRENCH Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Gummies Toyota, on the last lap to win the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 11, 2021 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

NASCAR says no wrong with Ross Chastain’s track position to help teammate Kurt Busch

Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, reaffirmed Tuesday that Ross Chastain did nothing wrong when he moved up into leader Kyle Busch‘s lane late in last weekend’s Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, despite Busch’s displeasure with the move.

Chastain responded to a request from teammate Kurt Busch‘s team to give Kurt the bottom and moved his car up the track in front of leader Kyle Busch on Lap 236 of 260. Kurt Busch got by his brother for the lead and went on to win the race and secure a playoff spot.

“I know we’ve got the thing bubbling up with Ross and all that, and everybody has heard the comments afterward,” Miller said. “You know, it wasn’t an obvious blocking job in my view.

“I don’t think there’s a lot else to say about that one. I know people are questioning that. We certainly didn’t see anything other than hard racing from the tower perspective.”

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