By admin | September 3, 2013
By Richard Allen
If for whatever reason you haven’t yet seen the finish of Sunday’s Camping World Truck Series race at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, by all means watch it. Chase Elliott got into Ty Dillon on the last turn of the last lap to claim the victory and leave his rival steaming, both literally and figuratively, in the tire barrier.
So, did Chase Elliott go too far to win a race?
In victory lane after the race, Elliott seemed less than remorseful. “We only have so many shots to win these things. I really hate to win them like that, I really do,” the second generation driver said. “That’s not how I race and that’s never been how I’ve raced before. I had a shot. I was up next to Ty and I knew he was going to try and chop me off. I tried to make up the difference. … Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get to Victory Lane.”
Obviously, Dillon was less than pleased with the outcome and promised payback. “You’ve got to show respect,” the grandson of legendary team owner Richard Childress declared. “I hope he runs Iowa (next race on the CWTS schedule). He won’t finish the race.”
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From the perspective of someone who has never driven a race car, it seemed to me as if Elliott was in the wrong in this case. I’m all for drivers banging sheet metal and racing hard for the win rather than sitting back and accepting a “good points day”. But in this case, Elliott wasn’t far enough up alongside of Dillon to call it a simple case of banging sheet metal. Instead, he clipped the #3 truck in the right rear in what was little more than a take out move.
There is a difference between two cars getting together while racing hard and just taking someone out. In my opinion, the latter is what happened here.
And unlike the situation between Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth in Bristol, no previous grudge existed between the two drivers in which more allowance could be given for a bit of added aggression. Few would have protested had Kahne roughed Kenseth up considering the previous issues between Kahne and Joe Gibbs Racing’s fleet of drivers.
After some time to reflect, Elliott took to Twitter to further explain his point of view in a three part tweet.
“What a day! Can’t thank everybody enough that supports our program. Really proud of my teams effort all weekend long!! As for the finish…”
Truly hate winning a race in a rough fashion like that, but we had an awesome truck with an opportunity for the win. I do feel like the(re)
..Was some really hard racing for the win and I feel like most guys would take a chance on the bottom as well.”
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