Chase Elliott got turned by Kyle Busch late in Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway.
As they were racing for second behind leader Denny Hamlin, Busch made contact with Elliott as they crossed the start-finish line on Lap 200. The end result sent Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet into the inside wall and to a 38th-place finish.
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The race went under caution two laps later and then was officially called on Lap 208 with Hamlin declared the winner. Busch finished second and quickly owned up to his mistake.
"Obviously I just made a mistake, misjudged the gap, sent him into the wall," Busch said. "That was entirely unintentional. Yeah, I mean, I’ll definitely reach out to him and tell him I’m sorry, tell him I hate it that it happened. All I can do. That doesn’t change the outcome of the night.
"I hate it for him and his guys, yeah."
When Elliott climbed from his car he waited for Busch to circle back so he could give him the one-finger salute.
"I didn’t see him out there doing that," Busch said. "I thought we had protocols where we’re not supposed to do that, so okay."
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