“I Commend Them” – Chase Elliott’s Crew Chief on NASCAR’s Reaction to Kevin Harvick Feud

Published 10/18/2021, 6:49 AM EDT
Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) leads driver Chase Elliott (9) and a group during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Over the past week or so, all that anyone can really talk about is the Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott feud. This bitter rivalry has been brewing since the Bristol Playoff race, when they collided a few times. This led to a massive post-race confrontation in the pit lane. Things cooled down a little, until they flared up big time at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

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Now, NASCAR has stepped in between the warring drivers to quell the matter. In light of this, Elliott’s crew chief Alan Gustafson spoke about what NASCAR is doing.

He said, “What NASCAR does is they take the stance, and the stance I agree with is they try to allow the competitors to compete. The competitors to be the ones who determine the outcome with the races and let the competitors take care of it on their own. I think that’s the way it should be, right? The story shouldn’t be NASCAR; it should be about the competitors racing and doing the best they can to compete and be the best they can be.”

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What else did he say about the Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott feud?

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Apparently, things have got to a point where NASCAR senior vice president Scott Miller is threatening to step in. According to Miller, he and the officials do not want to boot any of them. However, if push comes to shove, they will act however necessary. For his part, Gustafson assured that he will make his driver toe the line if needed.

Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads Kevin Harvick (4) during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

He continued, “The message that NASCAR has delivered is they tried to do the best job they could do in allowing it to happen, and they’re over it. So yeah, whatever way you want to look at it from there, but I commend them for allowing us to race, but I think they’ve had enough. So they made that pretty clear.”

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Now, Harvick and Elliott have already had two major flare-ups. With the officials’ threats looming, it would be prudent to bury the hatchet. Kevin Harvick needs to focus on the remainder of his season, while Chase Elliott prepares for his Playoff bid.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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