Chad Knaus on the Possibility of Another Chase Elliott-Kevin Harvick Crash at Las Vegas

Published 09/24/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Last weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway, the Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick incident was the talk of the town. This is because the two of them tangled with each other on a few occasions. Later on, the volcano erupted when they faced off on pit road after the race concluded. In light of this incident, Hendrick Motorsports’ Vice President of Competition Chad Knaus spoke about the fallout.

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He said, “In my mind, that shows his mental strength. I don’t think that anything that happened last weekend in Bristol is going to carry over to Las Vegas with him. We don’t know what was said in between those two guys, but I do know that they are champions. I do know that they are professionals and they will handle it accordingly. The #9 car, I don’t have any doubt that they are going to be in the hunt to win the race in Las Vegas this weekend.

Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick will want to move on

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Considering that Elliott and Harvick are competing in the Playoffs, they cannot afford to slip up. If they try to exact revenge on each other, there is the risk of compromising their races. In addition to that, there could be a possibility of triggering a never-ending cycle of revenge as they try to one-up each other.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 23: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, watches on during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

On the other end of the spectrum, both drivers are experienced and mature. At least, that is what Chad Knaus and Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers will be banking on. Both drivers are already champions, and they’re carrying out grudge matches that are not befitting a champion of their status.

One thing is for sure, Elliott and Harvick will want to redeem themselves in Las Vegas. Bristol was a poor day in the office for the duo, so they will want to avoid a repeat of that.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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