As Sunday night time’s Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway wound to a detailed, Elliott had emerged because the chief however Truex was gaining floor rapidly.
On Lap 353 of 367, Truex went low and tried to go round Elliott for the race lead getting into Turn 1 however Elliott acquired into the right-rear of Truex’s No. 19 Toyota.
Both automobiles ended up making arduous contact with the wall. Truex briefly took over the race lead however handed it over to Kevin Harvick two laps later when he was pressured to pit for a flat tire.
Elliott was capable of stay on the observe the however injury to his No. 9 Chevrolet was in depth and knocked him out of rivalry for the win.
Elliott limped residence in twentieth and Truex twenty second.
Needless to say, every driver had a barely totally different tackle the incident.
“He (Truex) had a run on me there off of (Turn) 4 and he just kind of cleared himself into (Turn) 1. He was close, but he wasn’t all the way clear, obviously,” Elliott stated. “I hate it, obviously we had a fast NAPA Camaro – fast enough to contend.
“We needed a little pace there to extend our lead instead of playing defense, but regardless I thought we were in a good spot. I ran the bottom in (Turns) 3 and 4 to see if there was anything left down there, that’s what kind of gave him the run and then he just slid up in to my left-front, I felt like and on we went.”
Truex stated he felt he had sufficient area to try to cross for the lead cleanly.
“It’s Darlington and typically you don’t want to go in side-by-side. I felt like I had enough of a run and enough space there that the last foot or so (Elliott) was going to understand that if I was committed, we both weren’t going to make it,” Truex stated.
“Typically, here that’s kind of how you race. If a guy gets a run on you and he’s just about got you cleared, you have to give that last little bit. Now obviously, the end of the race, probably the pass for the win, he wanted to drive it on in there and I was committed to being clear and there was no way we were both going to make the corners.
“Basically, when I made up my mind and I was driving it in there and then he drove in on my right-rear quarter, there was no possible way that we both weren’t crashing. That’s what happened.”
Truex emphasised there was nothing “intentional” about his actions – it was merely a transfer made in an try and win the race.
“Just two guys going for the win and not enough room for both of us there,” Truex stated. “If it was my fault, I apologize. I actually felt like I had the place to get in there to at least one.
“That’s the way it goes, and we’ll see what goes on from right here.”