Chase Elliott reveals why he decided to speak out against NASCAR
Chase Elliott isn’t known for his outspoken nature. The 2020 cup champion is one of the drivers who likes to do the talking on the track. Recently, it hasn’t been the case. He has been one of the most vocal drivers regarding the safety of Next-Gen cars.
The regular season champion kept his mouth shut throughout the 2022 season until the crappy playoff race in Texas happened. Chase Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman suffered a concussion that day. He was forced to sit out of the race just in Talladega last Sunday and will miss the coming ROVAL race. This prompted Bowman’s elimination from the playoff.
23X1 Racing driver Kurt Busch has been out due to a concussion since the Pocono qualifying. Chase Elliott, to the surprise of many, expressed his frustration with NASCAR at the 7th gen cars’ safety. He has now come forward to reveal why he chose to do so after his win in Sunday’s Talladega playoff race.
Find out what Chase Elliott said
Chase Elliott was asked about why he chose to speak out against NASCAR in his interview with SiriusXM NASCAR FM after the Talladega win. Elliott pointed out that when he saw his peers go out of the race one by one, he understood the seriousness of the situation. He added that similar concerns had already brought up before NASCAR during car testing.
“When you start seeing your peers go down like that and know that it could be you or anybody else, this week, next week, the week after, it’s a serious thing. This is an area of concern that was brought up last fall. So, it’s like, here we are a year later,” Chase Elliott said.
Chase Elliott pointed out that drivers decided not to speak up for a long time as they felt the organization would find a solution to the problems. He added that seeing two of his colleagues sitting out due to concussions made him speak his mind. He believes that the situation shouldn’t be there in discussion, in the first place. Elliott added that it needs to be fixed fast.
“I feel like everybody has kept their mouth shut for a long time and given them opportunities to make changes and do better and we haven’t. Now we have two drivers out for concussions. I just think it’s time to get after it. We should have never been in the situation, to begin with, and now that we are, we need to fix it and fix it fast,” Chase Elliott added.
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