Chase Elliott on flipping off Kyle Busch: Hard to fight when forced to stay 6 feet apart

Alex Andrejev, The Charlotte Observer on

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chase Elliott finally had his say after Wednesday night's Cup race that ended in dramatic fashion.

While running in the top-three of what turned out to be the final laps of NASCAR's second race at Darlington Raceway, Elliott's No. 9 car was tapped by No. 18 driver Kyle Busch, causing Elliott to spin out and ruin his chances for a top-three finish.

Elliott then hopped out of his wrecked car and raised a socially-distant middle finger to Busch, who was driving by on his next lap. The race was called shortly thereafter due to rain. Denny Hamlin finished in first place and Busch finished second.

"Be kinda hard to fight when you've gotta stay six feet apart," Elliott said of the gesture. "My arms aren't long enough."

Busch has since said the move was a mistake and that he misjudged the timing to the outside lane. Elliott said the two drivers talked after the race and that he doesn't think Busch wrecked him on purpose.

"I get that mistakes happen and that's part of life," Elliott said. "I get it. He's just not a guy that makes many mistakes, so for me to be on the poor end of a rare mistake on his end is, at the end of the day, unfortunate for me and my team."

Although Elliott said he believes Busch did not intentionally wreck him, he said he had "no regrets" for giving him the middle finger.

"I thought it was warranted and I thought he was deserving," Elliott said.

The drivers will square off next this Sunday at NASCAR's next Cup race for the Coca-Cola 600. Then they are both entered to compete in the lower-level Truck Series on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Elliott said the Truck Series bounty in place from earlier this season is still on as far as he knows, although driver Kevin Harvick was the one who organized the bounty and Harvick has not yet said whether it stands.

Regardless, Elliott will be looking to beat Busch there whether there is money on the line or not.

"I'm still planning on racing," Elliott said. "Planning on still running and trying to go beat Kyle."

Busch has entered all upcoming Cup, Xfinity and Truck races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished second at Thursday night's Xfinity race behind Chase Briscoe.

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