On Lap 496, Chase Elliott took over the lead in last Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Martinsville Speedway. He was four laps away from his first career Cup victory and an automatic shot at the championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
But, one lap later, Denny Hamlin had other thoughts in mind.
See, Hamlin didn’t have the car to win last week, but there he was in second with a shot at a win too. The only chance he had though was to move Elliott out of the way. He deliberately did so and sparked a new rivalry as a result.
Nearly a week later, Hamlin says he regrets the move and has no ill-will towards Elliott. He said he had to do what he had to do as far as the rules go, but he wishes he could do it differently.
Elliott though, he’s not talking about it. He started his press conference off on Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway saying don’t even ask any retaliation questions about the situation, because he’s not going to talk anymore about it. The Hendrick Motorsports driver said he’s still very upset by the incident because he’s had time to digest it and see how close he was to be a Cup race winner and have an automatic spot at Homestead.
Talking about it makes it hurt more, so Elliott wants to just focus on the race this weekend and get the best effort out of his No. 24 Chevrolet.
Safe to say, he hasn’t forgot and moved on.