“Not Quite What the Doctor Ordered” – Dale Earnhardt Jr Believes Chase Elliott Defied Team Orders by Not Wrecking Ross Chastain at Gateway

Published 06/20/2022, 11:55 AM EDT
BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, speaks with former NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consmers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 11, 2018 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

During the NASCAR Cup Series race at Gateway, Ross Chastain had it both ways. First, he was on one side of the spectrum as he drove recklessly against Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. Then, he was on the other side of it as they gave him the payback.

But it could’ve been much worse for Chastain had Elliott followed what was asked of him on radio, had the Hendrick Motorsports driver not defied the team orders.

This was something Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently described, the radio message from his crew chief, Alan Gustafson, and how the driver didn’t quite deliver on his duties.

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“Chase’s crew chief is on the radio and Chase like, you know, (if) we get an opportunity to park him, make it count,” he said. “Chase tried, shoved him down into (turn) 1 and he saved it. Hit him again in the middle of 1 and 2, and I think he might’ve hit the wall, but he saved it.”

Earnhardt Jr. described Elliott doing what he did as “not quite what the doctor ordered.”

“Not quite what was requested because Alan, his crew chief, he don’t play. He’s like, ‘I want him in fence,'” he continued.

“I don’t think Chase gave him what he asked for, but Chase put an effort in there. Not good enough.”

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Chase Elliott is indifferent to how Ross Chastain perceives his opinion

In an interview, Chase Elliott revealed that he did have a talk with the Trackhouse Racing driver after the whole bag of incidents between them during the race.

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The Hendrick driver revealed that he took “the high road” and just tried to give him his opinion, something Chastain can take or leave as per his convenience.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, looks on during the qualifying heats for the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Elliott described that he had “no reason to talk” to Chastain and it was up to the #1 driver to reach out to him.

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“Like I said, I tried to take the high road on it and tell him my opinion. And like I said, he can take it with it what he wants or not, and I’m fine either way,” he added.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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