Ross Chastain came out the winner of a wild NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend after second place Kyle Larson pulled out of line to try to pass Erik Jones. Jones then threw a block to try to hold off Larson, but it caused Larson to turn right into Kurt Busch, sending Busch into the wall and allowing third place Chastain to hold it on the bottom and get by the mayhem for his second win this season.
It was the kind of finish – and the kind of racing – that we’ve grown to expect at Talladega, so it really didn’t seem like anybody did anything wrong. It’s just what you’ve gotta do to win at one of these superspeedway races.
But Denny Hamlin apparently had a problem with Larson’s move – maybe because the wreck took out the two 23XI cars, the team that Denny owns with Michael Jordan.
Denny shared a meme on Twitter that spliced Larson’s sudden turn to the right together with a clip from “Family Guy” showing an Asian woman cutting across traffic without using a signal light, along with the caption “I leave this here without comment.”
Overall it seems that the replies to Denny’s tweet were largely supportive, with many speculating that Denny was asked to take it down by either NASCAR, his car owner, his sponsors, or his team co-owner Michael Jordan.
Many also pointed out that Larson had his own issues with racial sensitivity in the past, after he was suspended for nearly the entire 2020 season and lost his ride with Chip Ganassi Racing when he was caught using a racial slur during an iRacing event while NASCAR was shut down due to the pandemic.
It was a funny meme, but especially after Kyle's choice of words two years ago, anything that is close to offensive would be wiser to delete