Elliott Sadler: “He cost us a championship and he’s not even racing anybody”
William Byron parked on the front straight away at Hometead-Miami Speedway. He just won the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship.
“He raced me clean,” Byron stats over the PA system. He was referring to an all-day battle with Elliott Sadler.
Right on cue, Elliott Sadler was taking off his helmet and hans device, tossing it inside of his car. Sadler climbed from his race car on pit lane and went directly for Ryan Preece.
No punches were thrown. Just a lot of finger pointing and yelling. Watch the video below.
“Well, I mean he cost us a championship and he’s not even racing anybody,” Sadler told NBC Sports shortly after the pit lane altercation.
“The #9 would have never got to us for that. If you’re going to race people like that in this sport you’re not going to make it very far. You gotta have respect.”
“It’s definitely a shame to be that close and not pull it off. I appreciate my race team. I let them down tonight.”
“I should have took care of business when I got to Ryan. It’s definitely a let down to loose one like this.”
“We got the lead, fair and square and all that. I didn’t know somebody not even racing for anything was gunna race us that hard and let the #9 come back to us.”
“It cost us the championship. I don’t know any other way to look at it.”
“I mean, to be honest with you… If there’s a person you don’t wanna cost a championship to, it’s Elliott Sadler.”
“But, I’m just trying to do team orders here. I was racing for an owner championship. Yeah, we weren’t racing for the win right there. But, we were still racing the #9.”
“You know, it’s not where I want to be right there. Obviously, I hate it but can’t take it back.”
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