By Bob Pockrass
FOX Sports activities NASCAR Author
Chase Elliott received’t have a good time his victory from Sunday. Not at present. And never sooner or later.
Hours later, upon touchdown from his flight dwelling, Elliott discovered that Hamlin and Busch had been disqualified for impermissible materials within the nostril of the automobile.
“I do not know that it is actually a win that I’ll have a good time anyway,” Elliott stated Monday morning. “For me, I do not actually really feel proper celebrating another person’s misfortune. … It isn’t essentially one thing I am pleased with or one thing I’ll boast about all through the course of this case.
“I assumed we have been very lucky to run third, to be actual trustworthy.”
Sunday marked the primary time since 1960 that NASCAR disqualified a winner in a Cup race. For many years, NASCAR would not disqualify a successful automobile however would dock factors and subject fines. In 2019, NASCAR introduced that it will disqualify drivers, and it has disqualified non-winning Cup drivers and race winners in different sequence.
However not till Sunday had NASCAR disqualified a Cup Collection winner.
“Once we landed, I had a pair messages that form of stuffed me out what was occurring,” Elliott stated.
“I used to be simply stunned by that. … I don’t suppose any driver desires to win that means. I definitely don’t.”
The Hendrick Motorsports driver stated he’ll take a look at the race as a third-place end as a result of he didn’t suppose they ran with race-winning velocity. That’s how he’ll consider the weekend.
“I really feel like we acquired beat, and I really feel like we might be higher,” Elliott stated. “I felt like we have been strong, however our automobiles may drive higher. I may most likely execute some issues higher, too. … We have to enhance from the place we sat.”
Nonetheless, there’s one factor his workforce may must attempt to do now that it has received the race. How does it get the trophy? Does Elliott ask NASCAR to get it from Hamlin? Elliott and Hamlin share the identical agent, so possibly the agent could be the middleman?
Elliott didn’t appear all that involved about it.
“I have never even actually considered it,” he stated. “And truthfully, if he desires to maintain it, he can maintain it so far as I am involved. He crossed the end line first. … I did not actually really feel like I earned it on observe yesterday.
“So if he desires to maintain it, then I am good with that. I am not going to ask for it.”
Bob Pockrass has spent many years masking motorsports, together with the previous 30 Daytona 500s. He joined FOX Sports activities in 2019 following stints at ESPN, Sporting Information, NASCAR Scene journal and The (Daytona Seashore) Information-Journal. Comply with him on Twitter and Instagram @bobpockrass. Looking for more NASCAR content? Sign up for the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass!
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