It’s hard to say what has been the bigger story: Max Papis literally getting b****-slapped on live TV, or Chase Elliott “wrecking” Ty Dillon for the victory. Personally, to me, it’s not the action of Elliott wrecking Dillon, but rather the response to it.
When it happened, all sorts of Dillon/RCR fans went ballistic on social media, basically saying that Chase Elliott is the son of the devil (Poor Bill), a brat who kicks puppies and who can’t race cleanly. Meanwhile Ty was just a victim who did no wrong whatsoever.
My response? Open your eyes, people!
First and foremost, 90% of drivers in NASCAR would of done exactly what Chase did (The others are floaters and Greg Biffle/Kasey Kahne). Second of all, you can very clearly see Ty make an almost impossible block on Chase going into the turn. Was he expecting for Chase to come to almost a standstill and back off in the turn? Really? 3rd of all (Note the 3), a lot of those same Dillon fans on social media, along with a ton of NASCAR fans in general, believe the greatest driver of all time is none other then Dale Earnhardt Sr. What was he known for? Oh yes, wrecking people, usually on the last lap. Why don’t you just ask Sterling Marlin, Darrell Waltrip, Geoffery Bodine, Terry Labonte, and yes, Bill Elliott. Just look at the number on Ty’s truck’s side, and you’ll find how even more ridiculous this is.
Both drivers are incredibly talented being incredibly young (Chase became the only driver to have won a national series race before their 18th birthday), condemning one or both so amazingly early in their career is stupid and short sighted. Both are prodigies who will be immensely popular when they step into a Cup car- don’t hold this against them.