Chad Knaus: I was really concerned about Ross Chastain


Chad Knaus: I was really concerned about Ross Chastain

Veteran NASCAR crew chief and TV pundit Chad Knaus commented on Ross Chastain's move. “Clearly premeditated, I have to think,” said Knaus, as quoted by “I was sitting on top of the 5 car’s pitbox right in the middle between Turns 3 and 4 and as you watch the race you kinda get a cadence of what’s going on around you, and all of a sudden this car comes and I don’t know what’s happening.

I think something really, really bad is going on, because this car is coming way too fast." “Obviously I jump up and Cliff Daniels [Kyle Larson's crew chief] and I look at one another, and then we both looked at the gate – we immediately thought this guy is going to look like you at Bristol [pointing to co-guest Michael Waltrip, who survived a horror crash there in 1990] if that gate opens up.

I was really concerned about that." Knaus was a bit scared of what might happen, but he is still satisfied with Chastain's move. “It’s spectacular, necessary, I get it that it worked and he pulled it off… I don’t know how I feel about it deep in my heart to be honest with you.

I think it’s a good one-time thing. I don’t think the industry needs to see that kind of thing happening consistently. I think that could be a problem, right? But we’ll see what happens”.

Ross Chastain's move

When asked if he believes someone can make the same move again, he said: “I think you could absolutely do it at Phoenix.

I think the track lends itself to it, once again, you’re going into those corners, you’re going to be lifting, you can commit and go for it, yeah. I don’t like that, I don’t think it’s a good thing”.

Knaus asks a lot of questions. “I think there’s a few knock-ons that I think could go wrong,” he pointed out. “For instance, I’ve seen cars hit with the right sides and climb up on the wall. So what happens if you commit to that and you climb up into the wall and ship off into the stands? “There’s a lot of safety things to go on, what if you hit that access gate? What if you ricochet off that wall into somebody else? “There’s a lot of bad things that can happen with that. But, the way the game is right now, it’s a Hail Mary move and it’s there and it’s legal”.

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