“He’s a F***Ing Hack” – Who Said What on the Radio in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Elimination Race at Martinsville

Published 11/03/2020, 8:10 AM EST
Fort Worth, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series drivers Joey Logano (22) and Kevin Harvick (4) lead the field at the start of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports


With so much on the line for the NASCAR Cup Series 2020 playoff contenders, tensions were always expected to run high at Martinsville. Kevin Harvick’s elimination was a major shocker in a race that saw multiple shifts in momentum every few laps.

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However, a couple of other major incidents made things heated on the racetrack on Sunday.

Conversations between drivers and their team members over the radio usually throw up a lot of comments that raise eyebrows. At Martinsville, the radio chatter was dominated by the ‘Race to Phoenix’.

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One of the bigger incidents early on, though, was between two non-playoff drivers. Aric Almirola wrecked Clint Bowyer early on, much to the disgust of Bowyer. “My f***ing teammate hit me in the left rear quarter panel. 74 laps into a 500-lap race,” Bowyer quipped over the radio.

Nov 1, 2020; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) lead the start of the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Bowyer returned the favor a few laps later, angering Almirola and his spotter. A rivalry started between them as Almirola vowed to his team, “He’ll pay for that. You mark that down.”

“We’re going to wreck him”

Another big moment involved two playoff contenders and both will face off in the championship race. Joey Logano tagged Chase Elliott, prompting Elliott’s Crew Chief Alan Gustafson to make a big promise.“If he does that f***ing again, we’re going to wreck him here and we’re going to wreck him next week,” Gustafson said.

Elliott felt Logano had a lot of room to go by, but didn’t. “He did. He’s a f***ing hack,” Gustafson added.

Nov 1, 2020; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) leads the field during the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Harvick saw a lot of challenges throughout the day. Just as he was starting to get some sort of momentum, he made contact with Matt Kenseth that set him back. Kenseth was not happy and said, “I don’t think if anything has ever been his fault.”

Rising tensions for the NASCAR Cup Series contenders

As the final stage began, the qualification scenario took up all the radio chatter. It was tough for the contenders to focus on the race. “Give up that talk about what will take us out,” Hamlin said to his team.

Elliott survived a close call as NASCAR overturned a penalty on him for an incident with his pit-crew. Much to the team’s relief. “Haha, they overturned it. People’s champ,” said Kurt Busch’s spotter Tyler Green.

 

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Harvick’s team kept feeding him the playoff scenario, saying it was key to keep up with Brad Keselowski. His Crew Chief then told him he was just one point in front. A tensed Harvick quipped, “Just let me drive. I’m tired of hearing about points. I understand.”

“Don’t pass him, Jones”

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Another big incident then happened, that later even led NASCAR to review it. Erik Jones’ team ordered him to not pass teammate Hamlin on purpose. “Don’t pass him, Jones,” said the spotter.

However, Hamlin seemed to suggest the opposite was happening. “He’s f***ing running into me,” Hamlin said.

Elliott soon crossed the finish line as Harvick exited, despite many efforts. Hamlin and Keselowski joined Elliott and Logano for the championship finale.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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