After changing his tires and coming back out on the track, Elliott (who was multiple laps down at that point) decided to block Harvick, who was battling for the lead, to keep him from winning the race.
The two then exchanged words (and shoves) after the race:
Elliott vowed to get revenge on Harvick, but he never got his chance (or did he)?
With just a few laps remaining in the race, Elliott was in Harvick’s rearview mirror when Harvick suddenly missed a turn and drove his car straight into the outside wall, ruining his race and knocking himself out of the playoffs.
The whole thing has created some great drama for NASCAR during its playoffs. But with Chase Elliott still fighting for a championship and Harvick out of the playoff picture after the race at Charlotte, NASCAR sat everybody down to deliver a message:
It’s time to move on.
According to a tweet from AP Sports reporter Jenna Fryer, NASCAR held a meeting yesterday with both drivers and warned them that there would be “serious consequences” if the feud between them continued on the track.
#NASCAR had a call yesterday with all parties in the Harvick-Elliott feud and warned of serious consequences should it continue. (Am told NASCAR did all the talking on a call of at least six people)
Fans on Twitter weren’t happy with the news – after all, it’s been incredible entertainment – with many accusing NASCAR of protecting their most popular driver in Chase Elliott.
But there’s also some precedent for NASCAR stepping in when non-playoff drivers intentionally wreck drivers who are battling for a championship.
Back in 2015, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth had their own feud going on after Logano spun Kenseth at Kansas to knock Kenseth out of the next round of the playoffs. Weeks later, Kenseth retaliated at Martinsville by putting Logano into the wall, effectively ending Logano’s hopes at advancing to the championship race.