If you remember back to last Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol, the race ended with Kyle Larson in Victory Lane after a crazy sequence of eventsbetween Kevin Harvick and defending Cup Series champion Chase Elliott.
With just a handful of laps to go in the final race of the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, Elliott and Harvick were battling for the lead, with Kyle Larson breathing down both their necks.
Harvick’s #4 car got into the left side of Elliott’s #9, leaving Chase with a flat tire and no shot at winning the race.
After Elliott pitted for some fresh rubber and got back on track, he patiently waited for Kevin Harvick, who was racing for the lead with Elliott’s teammate Kyle Larson, and blocked Harvick so that Larson could pull away with the win.
Needless to say, Harvick was all kinds of pissed off – and let Chase hear about it after the race.
Harvick also said that it was the most mad he’s been in his racing career:
“Like I said, it was a chickenshit move.
I’d rather be wiped out than have some shit like that happen. It was a 9-year old temper tantrum over a situation that was put into place from the other vehicle that wiped you out, took your chances from winning the race.
Like I said, you can’t have it both ways. It can’t go both ways. That’s just not how this deal works.
I don’t care if you’re the most popular driver or not, you can’t race everybody, side-drafting, bouncing off their doors and then slam into them.
That stuff all comes full circle in this deal, and has a funny way of teaching you.”
“I don’t care if you’re the most popular driver or not, you can’t race everybody, side-drafting, bouncing off their doors and then slam into them. That stuff all comes full circle in this deal."- Kevin Harvick
For his part, Chase says he’s not worried about it – and if Harvick wants to pull the same move on him that he pulled last week, he’s fine with it:
“I care less about this confrontation than I ever have any other one in the past…
They can do whatever they want. Nothing that I say or do is gonna stop that. Whatever they want to do is fine with me and we’ll address it when it comes.”
Chase Elliott on fallout of the confrontation with Harvick and whether there will be raced in a similar way to the way he raced at the end of Bristol: “I care less about this confrontation than I ever have any other one in the past.” pic.twitter.com/qwkTdp0yh1