Elliott Wins Both Stages, Wrecks With Logano While Going For The Win In The End, Both Drivers’ Takes

Chase Elliott could very well be heading back home to Georgia for next weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway having won four straight NASCAR Cup Series races and another NASCAR Truck Series event.

Elliott, was running second in the closing laps of the second race at the Darlington Raceway a couple of weeks ago. He was chasing down Denny Hamlin in front who had old tires on compared to Elliott’s. Instead, Kyle Busch made a rare lapse of judgement and crashed Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet. Then, the rain fell and ended the race 20 laps early.

A few days later, Elliott was leading the Coca-Cola 600 but his teammate William Byron brought out a late race yellow negating his large lead and pushing the year’s longest race to overtime. Elliott, hit pit road when a lot of others stayed out. They punted away a win.

He’d rebound to win the Truck Series race on Tuesday night and the rain marred Alsco 500 Cup race on Thursday. At Bristol on Sunday, Elliott won the first two stages and set his sights on earning his second straight Cup Series win in the Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. He led 88 of the 500 laps and was in the lead on the final restart. Joey Logano battled him hard and the two made contact going for the win coming to the line for two laps-to-go.

They’d both crash, ending any shot of Elliott winning again.

“Just going for the win,” Elliott said of his incident with Logano. “Trying to get underneath and got really loose in. I don’t know if I had a flat tire going down or I just got loose on entry. As soon as I turned off the wall, I had zero chance of making it. I’ll certainly take the blame. I felt like that was my shot. He was really good on the short run and I felt like I had to keep him behind me right there in order to win the race. I hate we both wrecked. You can’t go back in time now.”

For Logano, he was mad about it, but more mad for what transpired on pit road in their conversation about the crash.

“It frustrating,” Logano said of his take. “He wrecked me. He got loose underneath me. A simple apology as a man would for him to come up to me and say ‘hey my bad.’ But, I had to force an apology. To me, that’s childish. We had a good recovery and had a shot to win and that’s all you can hope for. I passed him clean. It’s hard racing at the end I get that, but golly man, take the hit and be done with it.”

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  1. […] He’d rebound to win the Truck Series race last Tuesday night and the rain marred Alsco 500 Cup race a week ago this Thursday. At Bristol last Sunday, Elliott won the first two stages and set his sights on earning his second straight Cup Series win in the Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. He led 88 of the 500 laps and was in the lead on the final restart. Joey Logano battled him hard and the two made contact going for the win coming to the line for two laps-to-go. […]

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