Despite Chase Elliott Ramming Bumper Into 2015 Xfinity Champ, North Wilkesboro’s Return Is Disappointingly Shut Down by Fans

Published 05/22/2023, 2:59 PM EDT

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Despite NASCAR bringing a historic track back to the mix, the highly anticipated All-Star Race at the returning North Wilkesboro has failed its promised hype. At least things seem that way as frustrated fans took to Twitter to slam the organization for the lackluster race. Besides the light tussle between the Hendrick Motorsports ace, Chase Elliott and Chase Briscoe, the race was nearly uneventful owing to the short track setup.

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While NASCAR hoped to excite its loyal fanbase with an All-Star race with exclusive rule sets, the community has come out with blunt admissions as they dubbed the event dull and “boring.”

As the 0.625-mile short track favored the HMS Chevrolets, the home crowd was not thrilled at all. The short track along with the additional set of regulations, had the fans confused and reminiscing about previous NASCAR events at the iconic track.


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Fans just aren’t thrilled about Chase Elliott’s sole bump on the track

Ahead of its much-anticipated return, the coveted track at North Wilkesboro promised a lot for its ardent fanbase. The joy that erupted with the track’s return and the news of the All-Star race was quickly let down as the gathered crowds seemed unimpressed with the whole ordeal.

While the organization did all in its power to make the event a lot more interesting, the effort fell short with the community publically bashing NASCAR for its gloomy race at NWB. Alongside the track being short, the additional change made the race even more passive.


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There was little to no action, as HMS speedster Chase Elliott had a brief encounter with the Stewart-Haas Racing driver, Chase Briscoe. As NASCAR looked to push the short track racing pedigree, showcasing Elliott’s tussle with the 2015 Xfinity Series champ as they entered the corner.

Elliott pushed off the #14 as he gained momentum. Despite this, his HMS teammate, Kyle Larson took home the victory along with the 1 million prize. The highly anticipated race turning into a grim one ticked off fans as they expressed their distaste vividly.

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Fans bash the bleak and gloomy race while mentioning the problems

Disappointed fans certainly did not let this one slide. The organization’s unsuspecting tweet turned into a suggestion box for fans. The tweet that was posted on the 22nd of this month quickly received more than 70 thousand views and 50-plus retweets within a few hours.

While the overwhelming fan response makes things clear, the let-down fans also made sure that their displeasure was felt. Some even went on to troll the race. “Wasted 2 hours of my time!!!”

While others had some honest reactions to the uneventful race. Sorry NASCAR. That race wasn’t very exciting. It was NOT Bristol or Martinsville at all.  The drivers just seemed to want to finish and go home. Of course, there were no points for anyone who didn’t win, but they used to fight for those Million dollars and the pride.”


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Glad to see racing at North Wilkesboro again but this was an absolutely boring race.  I have to say its mostly due to the NexGen cars.  @NASCAR has ruined racing in my opinion. @NASCAR_Xfinity is 100 times better.”

Whereas another fan mentioned, I would say it’s a pathetic race, but there is no racing going on. Just a Hendrick show again.”

These cars have ruined NASCAR. This race should be way more exiting and competitive and it’s like watching paint dry. Good Lord. My 11 year old quit and went to bed and he loves NASCAR. This is an awful display”


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WATCH THIS STORY: NASCAR fans go berserk as Bubba Wallace insider & co-expose North Wilkesboro’s fatal flaw. 

What do you think about the race? Did it live up to your expectations?



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Kishore R


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Kishore is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. With a degree in engineering, Kishore's love for automobiles, particularly the roaring naturally-aspirated V8s, naturally led him to NASCAR. Kishore's writing is characterized by his intense passion for the sport, as well as his ability to conduct in-depth research and analysis.
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Ranvijay Singh




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