Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott came into Sunday race with a remarkable streak of five successive races with top-two results.
Elliott exceptional streak ended with a due his own teammate William Byron and his Chief Crew Alan Gustafson leaving him wait a P16 finish following an eventful Sunday for the NASCAR Cup Series points leader on the IMS Road Course.
The 2020 Cup Series champion got caught up in a wreck while running second between his teammate William Byron and Ryan Blaney, which ended up spinning out late in the race.
Those two incidents was a major factors in Elliott’s reaching his boiling point at IMS which saw him ultimately using expletive form of his radio.
“F*** me. What a f***ing day.” shouted Chase Elliott
There was some disarray about pitting the #9 that came by the hand of Elliott’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, something for which he took blame for and apologized after the race.
"F*** me. What a f***ing day."
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“Just sloppy. A sloppy day. I didn’t do a very good job, and we made too many mistakes and just too far behind the whole day,” Alan Gustafson told NASCAR.com. “Certainly, I was happy with the improvements we made to the car all weekend, so that was a positive. We got the car better but it was just behind the 8 ball all day long. Certainly, we’re not happy with that.”
“Doesn’t matter,” Gustafson added. “It’s about today.”