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Reason explained why Hamlin not penalized for Elliott crash

Asked on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" about NASCAR's perspective of the Denny Hamlin-Chase Elliott incident during the final laps of the race at Martinsville, Steve O'Donnell, the sanctioning body's chief racing development officer, said:

"Certainly, what Chase was able to do in an attempt to win his first race there, I think you saw by the fans how much he has a fan base and how much everyone wants to see him win. Denny, I think, did in his mind what he needed to do and probably went too far.

"We did not make a call there. That race stands. We're not in the business of calling an in-race penalty postrace. That was good hard racing, for the most part, all day at Martinsville.

"I think Denny might have crossed the line as he put out there on Twitter, and I thought Chase handled himself very well postrace. Showed some passion. That's what the sport is all about. He's got a long career ahead of him. I think he'll be up front leading many times.''