MARTINSVILLE THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. Star is born
If you have been waiting for Chase Elliott’s personality to come out of its shell, well, that egg was hatched Sunday at Martinsville. After being turned around while leading on Lap 499 (of 500 scheduled) by Denny Hamlin, the crowd cheered Elliott and booed his Virginia nemesis.
On the cool-down lap, Elliott was using his No. 24 Chevy to push Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota into the outside wall. They stopped on the backstretch, exited their stock cars and came nose to nose for a chat about the rules of engagement. NBC caught it as events unfolded.
3. There’s more
Elliott was looking for his first career Cup win but felt he was maliciously taken out by Hamlin. “It’s definitely 100 percent unnecessary and uncalled for,” said Elliott, growing weary of his 74-race losing streak. “I can’t control his decisions and whatever the hell that was.”
Chase Elliott was not very happy about the last few laps of the Martinsville Cup race, which sent him from a potential win to last in the playoff standings. [AP/