Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Darlington Raceway, NASCAR, Cup Collection (Photograph by Chris Graythen/Getty Photos)
Chase Elliott is fired as much as beat Kyle Busch within the NASCAR Truck Collection for $100,000 on Tuesday night time at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
On the finish of Wednesday night time’s rain-shortened Toyota 500 NASCAR Cup Collection race at Darlington Raceway, Kyle Busch made what he described as incidental contact with Chase Elliott as Elliott, on newer tires, started to blow by him for second place.
Elliott was on a lot newer tires than race chief Denny Hamlin and sure would have received the race if not for this contact, provided that rain began to fall on the four-turn, 1.366-mile (2.198-kilometer) egg-shaped oval in Darlington, South Carolina shortly thereafter.
After Elliott’s #9 Chevrolet spun throughout the entrance straightaway, slammed into the within retaining wall and got here to relaxation after skidding towards flip one, he emerged from it and gave Busch the center finger salute as he drove by.
Busch apologized a number of occasions for the incident afterward, however Elliott solely mentioned the matter publicly for the primary time earlier immediately after Busch stated that the 2 had talked about it and had a great dialog.
Elliott believes Busch that he didn’t maliciously wreck him. As for whether or not or not there can be retaliation, solely he actually is aware of.
However he’s nonetheless fired as much as beat the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
And never simply within the Cup Collection.
Elliott, who had not posted to his Twitter account for the reason that wreck occurred, broke his social media silence on Friday afternoon with this message.
He’s, after all, referring to the bounties positioned on Busch by fellow full-time Cup Collection driver Kevin Harvick and Truck Collection title sponsor Gander Outside CEO Marcus Lemonis.
Earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, Harvick positioned a $50,000 bounty on Busch for any full-time Cup Collection driver who may beat him in any of his remaining 4 Truck Collection begins.
This began after Busch dominated the Truck Collection race (nonetheless the latest Truck Collection race) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway again on Friday, February 21 for his seventh consecutive win at NASCAR’s third highest degree going again to July of 2018.
Lemonis added $50,000 to that bounty for a complete of $10,000.
Elliott had initially been slated to problem Busch within the Truck Collection races at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 14 and Kansas Speedway on Saturday, Could 30.
However the former was postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic, and the latter has since been postponed because of its date now getting used as a date for one of many races that had been beforehand postponed by the pandemic.
So Elliott is now set to problem the two-time Cup Collection champion at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Could 26 in what’s slated to be the primary Truck Collection race in over three months, the NC Training Lottery 200.
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Fox Sports activities 1 is ready to broadcast the NC Training Lottery 200 stay from the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) oval in Harmony, North Carolina starting at eight:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.