Chase Elliott showed Kyle Busch exactly what he thought of Busch riding with him at the end of Wednesday's Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway.
The two were running for the lead with Denny Hamlin when Busch ventured out on the track and placed the right front of his car on the left rear of Elliott's machine. Car # 9 was shipped by sliding along the front and into the inner retaining wall.
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Elliott was not hurt, but he was hurt. When Busch returned during the caution period that followed, Elliott saluted with a finger:
Elliott's team boss Alan Gustafson had a swearing conversation with Busch after the race. Gustafson was Busch's team leader when the two were at Hendrick Motorsports.
Busch told FS1 after the race was summoned by rain (Hamiln won the victory because he was leading at the time) that he was trying to squeeze between Elliott and Kevin Harvick and missed the speed and the distance. He said it was "a serious mistake" on his part.
"He misjudged, made a mistake and arrested the 9 and threw him against the wall," said Busch. "I hate it for him and his guys. I have a lot of friends over there on this team to do something like that on purpose. I ran against Chase since he was a kid and I never had any problems with him."
"They are upset, they are angry. I will not fix this and we will have ice cream tomorrow," said Busch, irritated, when pressed by Matt Yocum about whether Gustafson believed in Busch's explanation. "Obviously they will have to insist on that and there are repercussions for that, I am sure I will have it later in the future."
Busch later posted a video saying he would try to contact Elliott and apologize to him.
Kyle Busch describes his relationship with Chase Elliott and says he will apologize, but he knows it doesn't change the outcome: pic.twitter.com/zWIaBrDhcO
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 21, 2020
Gustafson told Yocum that he does not think Busch intentionally destroyed Elliott, but he is still upset that his driver was destroyed when he was ready to win.
"You get tired of being run over like that," he said.
Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reported that NASCAR will not fine Elliott for his gesture or for not immediately entering the ambulance that would take him from the wreckage.