Chase Elliott was none too pleased with his disqualification from Sunday’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.
Five loose lug nuts were found on his car following this 300-lap race around the four-turn, 1.333-mile (2.145-kilometer) oval in Lebanon, Tennessee, leading to the disqualification.
Originally, the team thought that the vibration Elliott was experiencing late in the race may have taken place as a result of a cording issue. Instead of making a pit stop and avoiding the possibility of causing a wreck, he stayed out and crossed the finish line in a respectable 13th place.
But tire cording was unfortunately not the issue.
Elliott originally won stage one to score 10 points (plus one playoff point), and he finished in seventh place in stage two to score four more points. He scored 24 more points with his 13th place finish in the race after fading late as a result of the aforementioned tire issue.
So after it was announced that he would be disqualified and classified as having finished in 39th (last) place in stage one, 39th in stage two, and 39th in the race, plus the fact that he would be stripped of his playoff point and all but one of his 38 regular points, the reigning champion was none too pleased.
He does have a point. He would’ve had a terrible finish had he wrecked late, but he still probably would have scored a handful of points (better than one point for finishing in 39th place, at least), plus the 10 he scored by winning stage one and the four he scored with his seventh place finish in stage two.
He would be in third place in the point standings instead of fourth, which makes a difference as far as the additional regular season-ending playoff points are concerned, and he would still have what would have been his seventh playoff point of the year.
But he didn’t wreck, and he ended up with a grand total of one point with a 39th place finish to show for it.
Pocono Raceway is set to host the next two races on the 2021 schedule on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27. These races are both set to be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, with the former beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET and the latter beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.