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NASCAR News: Chase Elliot Scathes Nashville Race Ending- ‘I’d Be P**sed!’


At the Ally 400 race held at the Nashville Superspeedway last weekend, a whirlwind of emotions and chaos unfolded, culminating in a controversial ending that left fans—and drivers—divided. Chase Elliott, driving for Hendrick Motorsports, openly expressed his annoyance with the race ending under caution, encapsulating the frustration of many.

The 1.333-mile oval track saw its fair share of drama with a record-setting five overtime restarts. As drivers Joey Logano from Team Penske, and Zane Smith duelled for dominance in the final stretch, it was Logano who clinched victory, thereby solidifying his position in the playoff standings. However, it was the manner of the race’s end that sparked significant debate among the drivers and further community.

Chase Elliott, positioned 12th at the onset of the sequence triggered by Austin Cindric’s spin, pushed his way up during the initial restarts. But the relentless stop-start nature took its toll, forcing him to pit for fuel and ultimately finishing in 18th place. Reflecting on the race’s end, Elliott didn’t mince words:

“If I was a fan and I watched the race end under caution, I’d be pissed,” he told Stephen Stumpf of Frontstretch (below).

The broader implications of the restarts were not lost on Team Penske, whose drivers notably benefited. Logano leapt from 14th to claim the win; Ryan Blaney shot up from 31st to 6th; and Austin Cindric improved from 22nd to 15th. Conversely, Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson managed an eighth-place finish, extending his lead over Elliott by 20 points in the driver standings.

Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, waves to fans as he walks onstage during the NCS Driver Engagement on the Main Stage at the Chicago Street Course on July 06, 2024…


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The debate extended to the larger NASCAR community. Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn’t mind, stating:

“I am completely fine with unlimited attempts. These five overtime attempts isn’t happening every other week.”

Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin, caught in the fray of potentially securing a win before the first overtime caution, was reportedly happy with unlimited restarts and no overtime.

This weekend, the Grant Part 165 came to an end with Kyle Larson taking the win.

2024 Grant Part 165 Cup Series Results

  1. K. Larson, Chevrolet, #5, 1:27.836
  2. T. Gibbs, Toyota, #54, 1:27.846
  3. M. McDowell, Ford, #34, 1:27.862
  4. T. Reddick, Toyota, #45, 1:28.075
  5. S. van Gisbergen, Chevrolet, #16, 1:28.183
  6. D. Wallace Jr., Toyota, #23, 1:28.320
  7. C. Bell, Toyota, #20, 1:28.366
  8. A. Bowman, Chevrolet, #48, 1:28.759
  9. D. Suárez, Chevrolet, #99, 1:28.874
  10. B. Keselowski, Ford, #6, 1:44.877
  11. D. Hamlin, Toyota, #11, 1:28.550
  12. J. Nemechek, Toyota, #42, 1:28.365
  13. C. Hocevar, Chevrolet, #77, 1:28.600
  14. R. Chastain, Chevrolet, #1, 1:28.402
  15. A. Dillon, Chevrolet, #3, 1:28.955
  16. C. Buescher, Ford, #17, 1:28.478
  17. R. Blaney, Ford, #12, 1:29.010
  18. C. Elliott, Chevrolet, #9, 1:28.481
  19. K. Busch, Chevrolet, #8, 1:29.071
  20. C. LaJoie, Chevrolet, #7, 1:28.531
  21. A. Cindric, Ford, #2, 1:29.073
  22. C. Briscoe, Ford, #14, 1:28.580
  23. J. Haley, Ford, #51, 1:29.197
  24. M. Truex Jr., Toyota, #19, 1:28.629
  25. E. Jones, Toyota, #43, 1:29.228
  26. T. Gilliland, Ford, #38, 1:28.815
  27. W. Byron, Chevrolet, #24, 1:29.230
  28. N. Gragson, Ford, #10, 1:28.920
  29. R. Preece, Ford, #41, 1:29.264
  30. Z. Smith, Chevrolet, #71, 1:28.963
  31. H. Burton, Ford, #21, 1:29.387
  32. J. Logano, Ford, #22, 1:29.159
  33. R. Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, #47, 1:29.593
  34. A. Hill, Chevrolet, #33, 1:29.167
  35. D. Hemric, Chevrolet, #31, 1:29.608
  36. J. Berry, Ford, #4, 1:29.384
  37. A. J. Allmendinger, Chevrolet, #13, 1:30.236
  38. J. Hand, Ford, #60, 1:29.496
  39. J. Bilicki, Ford, #66, .000
  40. K. Grala, Ford, #15, 1:29.514