Debate: Wreck to Win, Good or Bad?
Bad Move But it was Exciting- By Clayton Caldwell
There is no doubt that I would have loved to see Chase Elliott win the race a different way on Sunday. He had a really strong truck Sunday and fuel strategy put him behind the three truck. However, at the end of the race there was no way he was going to get around Dillon unless he did what he did.
There is no doubt Elliott had a chance to win. I'd be a hypocrite to say it is okay to wreck someone for victory considering I have criticized many drivers in the past for doing the exact same thing. However, I believe a lot of people's opinion would be different if Elliott was racing for points. Since Elliott has run only a part time schedule in the 2013 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Elliott is not in the championship hunt. Dillon is and the accident cost Dillon a lot of points. He is now 63 points behind points lead Matt Crafton with just eight races to go in the season.
If you look at what Kasey Kahne did last Sunday at Bristol was what people wanted to see Chase Elliott do. However, what Elliott did certainly peaked the interest. A lot of people wanted Kahne to use his bumper on Matt Kenseth, but instead Kahne ran him clean and finished second. It was still an exciting finish at Bristol, but what Elliott did added drama, something that has been missing from the sport over the last few seasons.
Don't get me wrong. I love racing and I would have loved to see a clean pass for the victory by Chase Elliott. However, what happened Sunday has been more talked about than the championship race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, like it or not.
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