Chase Elliott confirmed Kyle Busch precisely what he considered Busch spinning him late in Wednesday’s Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway.
The two had been racing for the lead with Denny Hamlin when Busch ventured up the monitor and obtained the fitting entrance of his automobile into the left rear of Elliott’s machine. The No. 9 automobile was despatched sliding alongside the frontstretch and into the within retaining wall.
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Elliott was not injured, however he was harm. When Busch got here again round through the ensuing warning interval, Elliott delivered a one-finger salute:
Elliott’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, had an expletive-filled dialog with Busch after the race. Gustafson was Busch’s crew chief when the 2 had been at Hendrick Motorsports.
Busch informed FS1 after the race was referred to as by rain (Hamiln obtained the win as a result of he was main at the time) he was making an attempt to squeeze in between Elliott and Kevin Harvick and obtained the velocity and distance fallacious. He mentioned it was “a bad mistake” on his half.
“Misjudged it, made a mistake and clipped the 9 there and spun him into the wall,” Busch mentioned. “I hate it for him and his guys. I’ve got too many friends over there on that team to do anything like that on purpose. I’ve raced Chase since he was a kid and never had any issues with him whatsoever.”
“They’re upset, they’re mad. I’m not just going to fix it and we’ll have ice cream tomorrow,” an irritated Busch mentioned when pressed by Matt Yocum on whether or not Gustafson believed Busch’s rationalization. “Obviously they’re going to have to dwell on it and there are repercussions of it I’m sure I’m going to have later on down the road.”
Busch later posted a video saying he would attempt to contact Elliott and apologize to him.
Kyle Busch describes his relationship with Chase Elliott and says he’ll attain out to apologize, however is aware of that doesn’t change the result: pic.twitter.com/zWIaBrDhcO
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 21, 2020
Gustafson informed Yocum that did not suppose Busch wrecked Elliott deliberately, however he is nonetheless upset that his driver was wrecked when he was poised to win.
“You get tired of getting run over like that,” he mentioned.
Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass reported that NASCAR will not fine Elliott for his gesture, or for failing to go instantly into the ambulance that was to take him from the wreck.