MARTINSVILLE THREE THINGS WE LEARNED

Imperial Valley Press - - NASCAR THIS WEEK - — God­win Kelly, god­win.kelly@news-jrnl.com

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.

2. Con­fronta­tion

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.”

MATT SLOCUM]

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/

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