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Did Chase Elliott go too far in winning truck race?

By admin | September 3, 2013

 Chase Elliott, seen here at the Volunteer Speedway with his father Bill.

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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17 Responses to “Did Chase Elliott go too far in winning truck race?”

  1. Benjamin P. Glaser Says:
    September 3rd, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    It is the same question as Kasey Kahne at Bristol…

  2. midasmicah Says:
    September 3rd, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    No. Chase Elliot did not go too far. Dillon tried to block him. This was, once again, the best race of the week-end. It had everything a true racing fan could possibly want. Real racing, not a 180 mph parade. Road courses bring out both skill and moxy. And no frigging cup drivers made it even better.

  3. midasmicah Says:
    September 3rd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    And Rich. I’ve been a nas$car fan for 30+ years. This used to be the norm. Rubbin’ is racin’ There’s not a lot of skill involved when driving in a parade.

  4. Leto Says:
    September 3rd, 2013 at 8:16 pm


    It’s funny how Ty Dillon, who earned a reputation as a driver willing to use his bumer liberally while climbing the ranks, is the one to say that he lost a lot of respect for Chase.

    There’s been a few photos circulated around that show Chase moving to the inside, not into Dillon. It’s Ty who came down on Chase, and it’s Ty’s fault that he ended up wrecked, not Chase’s.

    This seems a lot like the 2009 Talladega Cup race when Carl ended up in the fence. Brad Keselowski held his line, and Carl went down, only to wind up getting spun and, through a series of very unfortunate luck, in the fence.

    In both instances, the more experienced driver wound up “getting wrecked” by someone who for all purposes was a rookie at that level through an error on their own part.

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    September 3rd, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Dillon was blocking and when you do that there I a good chance the person your blocking will push you out of the way.

  6. James Says:
    September 3rd, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Chase didn’t have position on Dillon, he drove the truck so deep into the corner that he was going to wipe Dillon out no matter what. I wanted Chase to win, but it was kind of a bonehead move. But at least he went for it, which is more than you can say for most guys these days.

  7. steve Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:08 am

    yeah the man that made the number 3 famous never done anything like that.

  8. Lydia Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Elliott did nothing wrong..yes he drove it hard low into the corner…Dillon had to know that may happen…yet he chose to block. I understand Dillon being upset…but I don’t watch races to see “mother may I” type racing. I don’t think the teams pour money into their teams to run second. To me the bottom line is Dillon lost..he’s upset and needs to blame someone.

  9. MadCow Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 6:10 am

    It takes a lot more than that to be considered “taking it too far” when you’re in the last corner of the last lap. The way I see it is both drivers were equally at fault for the contact and it was just one of them “racin’ deals.” Seems like some NASCAR fans are getting too weak of heart these days. NASCAR fans used to take incidents like these in stride, in fact I bet 15 years ago most NASCAR fans would have loved the finish. These days, though, it seems like the fans have de-evolved into the soccer variety. Perhaps some of them would be better off watching Formula Vanilla… *cough cough* I mean Formula 1.

  10. ed Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 6:27 am


  11. Jim Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Poor Ty, a faster competitor behind him was faster and better that day. His only chance was to do his best to block and not let that faster competitor have an inch and it bit him. To bad. As others have mentioned he has no problem doing the same thing when he is in that same position. Live by the sword, loose by it. He needs to get a box of tissues and go on to the next race.

  12. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Even though Chase Elliott won his 1st Race like his dad, but, the lack of trucks (30), was concerning and I feel future Road Racing in Trucks and Nationwide is an issue.

  13. Mike Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    What he said:

    midasmicah Says:

    And Rich. I’ve been a nas$car fan for 30+ years. This used to be the norm. Rubbin’ is racin’ There’s not a lot of skill involved when driving in a parade.

  14. Jamerson Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I feel like the Elliott/Dillon deal was pretty much identical to the Keselowski/Edwards deal from Talladega in 2009. Elliott got to the inside of Dillon. Dillon moved to block. Elliott had two choices. Hold his line and try to go for the win, or give up the position and settle for 2nd. He chose to go for the win. Ty Dillon made a comment about Chase “running through the grass” to get to him, so maybe he thought Chase tried to cut the corner to get a run on him. But the fact of the matter is that Ty slid up through the corner and Chase held his car right around the curbing for the shortest turn radius, allowing Chase to get to the inside of Ty. I am a fan of both Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon and I don’t think that Chase did anything wrong.

  15. John Cooke Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Dillon’s spotter was clearly telling him to let him go and think “big picture”. He chose not to and paid the price! If you block, then what happened is to be expected. That’s my kind of racing! I watched Ray Hendrick growing up and if you were holding him up, he tapped you once. If you didn’t move over, you got the chrome horn!

  16. GinaV24 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Dillon could have let him go and he’d still have finished 2nd. If points were in his mind, that would have been the smart move. He was low on fuel and yeah, he was blocking. Could Chase have not tried to run through him? Yeah, probably but then again he’s 17.

    I do have to laugh at the post-race statement about “I don’t race like that”. Yeah, Chase, you just demonstrated that you do, just as Ty has run over a few competitors, too. Could be interesting to watch it play out. Maybe NASCAR will have a rivalry worth watching going forward, rather than all the “we’re all friends and teammates here” boring stuff that has gone on in Cup for the past 10 years.

  17. mitch13 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Chase better watch it….grandpa Childress will punch him.