Elliott was bumped from the lead By AJ Allmendinger in the closing laps then spun out by Tyler Reddick
On Sunday, the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course hosted the NASCAR Cup Series. The Roval event was a playoff elimination race with four more drivers getting eliminated.
Watch the video of Chase Elliott rejecting the tv cameras below.
In the closing laps, Chase Elliott looked to be heading to victory. AJ Allmendinger had fresher tires behind him, yet Elliott was still driving away.
However, with 5 laps to go, a sign came off a temporary wall. As it layed in the middle of the track, NASCAR threw a caution for debris.
As the green flag dropped, Allmendinger hung on the outside of Elliott through turn one. They fought for space in turn two, rubbing doors.
By the time they reached turn three, Allmendinger had the preferred inside lane. Allmendinger drove it deep into the turn, well beyond missing the braking point.
As Allmendinger ran wide, he shoved Elliott off track and into the marbles. Kevin Harvick was able to slip by Elliott and takes 2nd in the process.
In the next corner, Harvick got into the bumper of Allmendinger and put him in the grass. Harvick took the lead and Elliott moved back to 2nd.
As they entered turn six, Tyler Reddick dove inside of Elliott for 2nd. Elliott spun through the grass and was out of the battle for the win.
Chase Elliott rejects tv cameras after the race
After the race, Elliott was absent from tv interviews. And if he had it his way, he would have been absent from the tv as well.
Elliott climbed from his car, visibly frustrated. He stood next to teammate William Byron as they each talked about the wild race.
NBC cameras walked up behind them, just to show the scenes. The audio was limited from Elliott’s conversation as the announcers talked over the visual.
However, Elliott turned around and grabbed the camera, pointing it in a different direction. The cameraman took a few steps backward but kept Elliott in frame.
Elliott turned around once more, took steps toward the camera and said, “I said go away.” He then pointed in the opposite direction once more.
“Chase Elliott didn’t want our camera there,” broadcaster Rick Allen stated.
Chase Elliott comments after the race
Moments after shooing the tv cameras away, Elliott did speak with media members.
“I need to watch it obviously, but I thought I gave AJ room there through one and two,” Elliott told Bob Pockrass.
“He didn’t hit the wall. Then, I don’t know if he just drove it in too hard into three or whatever. But, he basically missed the corner. Then, that leaves me out in the junk.”
“We were in an ok spot. I don’t know who wrecked me from behind but somebody missed the corner again.”
“And we finished last, that’s about it,” Elliott added with a smile.