Elliott insists it is all good between he and Larson after Kansas contact
Chase Elliott was adamant on Tuesday that there isn’t a challenge between him and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson, though Elliott was pissed off with the contact coming off pit highway at Kansas Speedway.
“There’s rather a lot that goes on,” Elliott mentioned on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We clearly bumped into one another on pit highway, and I didn’t have the total image of what went on, so I used to be pissed off. That stuff occurs, for certain. However on the finish of the day, I’ll actually take the blame for my frustration on that entrance.
“The excellent news is, he and I can have a dialog like adults and it’s a non-issue. The dangerous information is, it’s a non-issue for all of y’all and all people that wishes to speak about it. There’s nothing to speak about.”
Elliott and Larson made contact whereas leaving pit highway after the ultimate pit cease earlier than additional time when put in a four-wide scenario as Brad Keselowski exited his pit stall. Keselowski was on the left of Larson, and when he pulled out of his stall, it pressured Larson to make a transfer to the suitable into Elliott, who was side-by-side with Tyler Reddick.
Moments later, Elliott turned left into Larson as the 2 continued to make their approach onto the observe. Elliott walked over to Larson’s automotive after the race to debate the incident, and initially had advised the media in Kansas he wasn’t attempting to ship a message by hitting Larson’s automotive.
“Our relationship’s truly been good, now we have a variety of dialogue,” Elliott mentioned of Larson. “We talked about it there after the race and that was it. There’s nothing extra to essentially even focus on. If you speak about issues, and also you get the total image of what’s happening, and you’ve got a dialogue like adults, there’s actually no want for anything. And neither he or I care about what is alleged through the week. On the finish of the day, I believe we’re each fairly performance-driven and motivated, and that’s the place our focus is and can proceed to be.”
Larson completed fourth and Elliott completed sixth within the Hollywood On line casino 400.
Elliott isn’t eligible for the driving force’s championship however is within the hunt for the proprietor’s championship along with his No. 9 Chevrolet. Larson led probably the most laps Sunday and is already clinched into the second spherical of the playoffs.
“I knew we had been three-wide leaving and the 6 is pitted in entrance of us, and I used to be attempting to go away as a lot area as I can,” Larson mentioned on Sunday.
“He’s popping out into the lane shortly as a result of he desires to sluggish us down, and I attempted to go away as a lot area as I may. Clearly, I made contact with (Elliott) however I felt like if I didn’t, I used to be going to clobber the 6 proper in the suitable entrance, and I believed the most secure wager for all of us was for me to squeeze out slightly bit.
“I perceive why he’s mad, or was mad within the second. I hope when he sees the replay he understands I didn’t have any area, or not a lot, simply inches. Only a bummer, however I’m glad neither of us acquired torn up there, and we may get an excellent end.”