Eric Estepp shared his thoughts on the aftermath of a chaotic weekend of racing. From The Xfinity Series chaotic finish at Portland to the Cindric/Dillon drama, Eric covered it all. Here are the three major takeaways from this video.
1. The Importance of Cole Custer’s Win
Eric started off this episode by discussing the Xfinity Series race at Portland. More specifically, discussing the winner, Cole Custer. It was Custer’s first win this season, and it has coincided with a recent streak of solid finishes.
Eric talks about how big this win is for Custer and Stewart-Haas Racing. Eric also talks about how Custer is a guy that he wants to see succeed. This win is definitely a good moment for Custer, and it could be a spring board to something special if he can keep running well.
2. Jeb Burton and Chandler Smith Twitter Beef
After an on-track incident and an off-track fight on Saturday, Jeb Burton took to his Twitter mentions to express how he felt about his beef with Chandler Smith. Smith responded in kind with a video regarding Burton’s Twitter tirade.
Eric expressed that Burton’s tweets do make Burton look very unprofessional. Eric mentions that he likes it better when drivers let “Actions speak for themselves”. However, Eric did have to crack a smile and a laugh when looking at Smith’s video in response to Burton.
3. Dillon vs Cindric: The Potential Slippery Slope of NASCAR Penalties
Eric spent the majority of this episode discussing the Austin Dillon and Austin Cindric incident. Eric mentioned that, while this incident is not as black and white as the Elliot and Hamlin incident, he likes that NASCAR investigated the incident. Eric also mentioned that he agreed with not penalizing Cindric, and explained if NASCAR chose to penalize Cindric, this could make for a slippery slope in terms of NASCAR penalties.
Eric went into detail about incidents such as Chastain and McDowell earlier in the race, and what if NASCAR began to officiate that? He expressed that there needs to be “100% certainty” of both who’s fault this is and that the incident was deliberate for a penalty to be given.