Ryan Blaney wasn’t really upset that he got wrecked by his friend Chase Elliott while racing for the win but what really bothered him was that neither of them got the victory in the end.
Blaney had passed Elliott with one of 35 laps to go in Tuesday night’s Busch Clash on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course however Elliott manage to had worked his way back to Blaney’s rear bumper heading towards the checkered flag.
“Neither one of us won. That’s the big one,” Elliott said. “I was close enough to drive it in there and I feel like I’d be mad at myself for not at least trying. Obviously, I don’t mean to wreck anybody, especially him.
Still friends but frustrated. Comments from both drivers.
Chase Elliott: “If I’m sorry about trying to win the race, I’m in the wrong business.”
Ryan Blaney: “Of course he didn’t mean to do that, but I ended up wrecked.” pic.twitter.com/HP1pDuD1pZ
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 10, 2021
“Some guys I wouldn’t mind. But he’s not one of them. Hopefully, he’s not too mad at me. I feel like you’ve got to go for it here in an event like this in any situation. I can’t be sorry about going for the win, but I certainly didn’t mean to wreck him.
“If I’m sorry about trying to win a race I’m in the wrong business.”
Blaney said he was a little surprised Elliott had the ability to run him down again after Blaney passed him for the lead. On the previous caution, Elliott had stayed out on the track because his team was out of new tires.
“We saved a set (of tires) and got back to second there and his car was really good. I had to use up a lot to get to him and I kind of tried to protect and I drove into the last corner really deep to try to make sure I didn’t get dive-bombed like that, but we just came together there,” Blaney said.