Chase Elliott has faced a lot of questions lately about his attitude and the way he drives around others. That was the fiery subject following last Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Elliott had a slight run-in with teammate Kyle Larson exiting the pit lane, and it caused plenty of people around NASCAR to continue to drive the narrative that Elliott does not like Larson at all.
When asked if he and Larson had a problem after the race, Elliott answered very simply that there wasn't. As the week has gone on, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio has had plenty of segments discussing the Larson-Elliott supposed feud.
That included an entire rant by the channel's Danielle Trotta who fired shots at Elliott about what he did at Kansas hitting Larson as the two were returning to the race track.
That was one way to rile up the fans. Elliott didn't wait long to respond to the criticism, as he went on to have an appearance of his own on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. He explained his actions from Sunday to the show's host Dave Moody.
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"Yeah we obviously ran into each other on pit road, and I didn't have the full picture of what went on, and I was frustrated," Elliott said. "That stuff happens for sure, but at the end of the day, I'll certainly take the blame for my frustrations on that front. The good news is, ya know he and I can have a conversation and talk like adults and it's a non-issue."
That was the point when Elliott changed his tone a bit to respond to some of the criticism.
"The bad news is, it's a non-issue. For all of y'all and everybody that wants to talk about it, there is nothing to talk about. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, I know you guys love your drama, but theirs just none, none here this week."
Moody was then able to smartly put the conspiracy of Larson and Elliott disliking each other to bed. Elliott also clarified that there is no issue between the two no matter what drama someone tries to push.
"I don't feel that way at all, our relationship has actually been good, we have a lot of dialogue, and like I said, we talked about it after the race and that was it," Elliott said. "Neither he nor I care about what is said during the week, we are both performance-motivated and driven, and that is where our focus is, and will continue to be."
No matter what story or 'drama' as Elliott called it, to him there is no problem at Hendrick Motorsports between himself and Larson.
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