Drill this guitar, Clyde!
Chase Elliott survived a ridiculously long weather delay (like, too. People have to work, you know!), A terrible car at start-up, an attack by JGR guys and a predictably delayed attention to win the second race its the season in front of a (full) Nashville home.
A pair of wins, a bunch of playoff points and the overall points are ahead with nine games to continue in the regular season … not a bad year for the 2020 champion!
“We’ve had a very difficult month and a half, so it’s nice to be back in the right direction,” said Elliott, who has always been down to earth. “Winning is always huge, but doing it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better. I can’t wait for this guitar.”
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Chase Eliot comes to life after a weather delay in Nashville
Let’s start here … nobody saw this coming, right?
Chase was very awful in this place last season, he had some rotten luck last month and, frankly, he was sad for the first 100 laps around Sunday.
However, Mother Nature gave Team No. 9 a few hours to reorganize. And when the fight finally started again (should anyone else look for the US channel?), Chase was fast – really, very fast.
“I think we really just talked about our balance, honestly,” Clyde said of the delay in the ou-wow rain. “We just talked about where we were at the beginning of the day, what we did in practice on Friday, how we landed at the place where we landed to start the event, why we chose it and why it didn’t work.
“We tried to diagnose it to the best of our ability, to decide which way we wanted to go, and we did, and fortunately it was the right decision.”
Kurt Busch says he had to ‘fly’ with Elliott
Okay, let’s talk about the delayed restart.
Chase led the pitch back to the green with five for the end, taking the high side with Kurt Busch on his left. The two even went to turn 1, but Napa Chevy withdrew shortly after and reached victory.
Was that your best thing, Kurt? Be honest!
“I had retreated with him,” Bush replied. “I should have flown a few wings and moved a little.”
Oops, what? What did you say.
“I wanted to drop some wings, but I couldn’t do the job,” Bush said. “Everyone will smile, but I disappointed them. I should have come up with a better plan.”
Baba Wallace continues the fight after a bad pit stop
Thanks for the insight, Kurt. Now, let’s move on to teammate Bubba Wallace!
“Leave me alone with the (pessimistic) dude. Don’t talk to me about the whole (explosive) race,” Bumba told his crew after a bad posture that actually ended a surprisingly strong day.
“You (insultingly),” Buba added.
Yes. Wondering how that Monday morning went?
Finally, before heading to Road America, let’s take Kyle Busch’s thoughts after a strong 21st place!
“These (next generation cars) are the biggest (explosive) pieces in motion,” Roddy said.
NASCAR, Road America and July 4th
Now that we’ve gotten past the NSFW section of the week, let’s head west to what was arguably the best weekend of the year last summer.
For those who do not remember, Road America gave us some of the best images of 2021, with fans flocking to the popular Wisconsin street to watch (spoiler alert!) Chase Elliott’s victory in the return of the Cup Series.
From the scenic view, to the fans, to the matches. it was all right. This guy was a skeptic (and a Daytona hostage) at first, but I’ll be the first to admit that Lake Elkhart is exactly where NASCAR should be on Independence Day weekend.
Happy birthday, America. Let’s go for races!
This article first appeared in The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Bubba Wallace loses it, Chase Elliott plays guitar, Kurt Busch softens