Chase Elliott spoke about the incident that took him out of contention in Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway during a virtual media availability on Friday morning.
Elliott was running second late in the race when Busch made contact and turned Elliott into the inside wall. Busch, who admitted he made a mistake and “misjudged the gap,” has had a conversation with Elliott.
“Yeah, we talked about it,” Elliott said. “Like I told him, I don‘t think he wrecked me on purpose. I think that he was trying to make a spot that wasn‘t there. And, much like I told him, I get that mistakes happens, that‘s part of life and I get it. He‘s just not a guy that makes many mistakes, so for me to be on the poor end of a rare mistake on his end is, at the end of the day, unfortunate for me and my team.
“So at the end of the day, it still cost us a shot at a win. And at the end of the day, that‘s really the bulk of what matters to me and my team because we‘re in the business to perform more than anything.”
After climbing from his damaged car, Elliott waited for Busch to circle around under caution so he could give him the one finger salute.
“It was more just how I was feeling at the time,” Elliott said. “Really, it didn‘t involve anyone else but he and I.”
The 38th-place finish was Elliott’s first DNF of the season and he dropped one position to fifth in the standings.