Kyle Larson won at Watkins Glen International, but one situation marked the race. His teammate, Chase Elliott, was in the lead after the restart. However, at one point there was contact between Larson and Elliott, after which of course Elliott lost the lead.
Kyle Larson wished things had turned out differently, but it's all part of the sport. “I wish things would have I guess played out differently and Monday would have been a lot better for me,” Larson said, as quoted by yahoo sports.
“It was productive. In the end, it was positive to have that talk. I‘m ready to just move on from it and look forward to Daytona and on into the playoffs. I took most of it in,” Larson said. Elliott thinks that there must be unity in the team and that their team has a good chance in the coming races.
“I thought it went great,” Elliott said on Wednesday. “We talked through our race weekend, where I felt we needed to be better as the No. 9 team and how we want to improve going back [to Watkins Glen] next year and the Roval as it pertains to 2022.
We still have more road racing ahead and I think we could be better”.
Alex Bowman on the situation
Alex Bowman believes that such situations are quite natural in NASCAR, especially when it comes to two top drivers.
“Things on the race track are bound to happen when you have, in that scenario, two of the best guys on road courses restarting out front racing for wins,” Bowman said. “You do it enough times, eventually something is going to happen.
I think we‘re all going to work great together in the future. On my side, that‘s no different than any other week”. Eliott has huge expectations for himself and his team, and expects great progress. “There’s nothing to be fixed,” Elliott said.
“When you sit back and look at the reality of the situation, we finished fourth and we weren’t good enough to win. That’s what it really comes down to. We need to be faster and do a better job of finishing off the races”.
Larson is not happy about such situations, but when you are fighting for the very top, sometimes these things are normal. “One thing is for sure, we all like to win. We try really hard to do that,” Larson said. “In the end, I probably should have a little more respect next time”.