Chase Elliott feels he could have had a much better day in the NASCAR Series Cup, given that he was leading for much of the race. However, his opponent, Tyler Reddick, managed to find a rhythm and in the end, he won. Elliott is aware of his mistakes and believes he could have done some things differently.
The opponent took advantage of mistakes and deservedly celebrated. “I didn’t do a very good job there (after the pit stop). I just let him stay close enough to pressure me there while we had decent tires and never could get enough of a gap,” Elliott said for motorsport “Made a couple mistakes.
“I was gaining a gap there a couple times and made a couple mistakes and let him get back close enough to get me out of sync, and then after that just started struggling. “Obviously, it was super-difficult to get to somebody to pass them.
It was impressive he was able to get up there and capitalize on my mistakes. Wish I could have done a better job there. “I felt like we probably needed a little bit, but I think we were good enough to win, so those always hurt”.
Chase Elliott on Tyler Reddick
He showed that he is a great man by congratulating his opponent on his victory. “Congrats to him,” Elliott said of Reddick. “I know he’s been super-close to that first win, and I’ve been down that road and it can be a rocky one.
I’m happy for those guys. They deserve it”. Next-Gen cars have brought big changes. Most will have to adapt. “As the season goes on and … we learn what everybody needs in their vehicles, every car is going to become the same manufacturer to manufacturer,” he said “And as that becomes the case, track position is going to become more and more of a premium.
That’s just motorsports nowadays. Aero is huge, and you can’t unlearn, so that’s the road we’re on”. Tyler Reddick had doubts about himself, but now that has come to an end after such a fantastic victory.
“I was tired of just being so bad that I felt like I was just kind of in the way and had to get out of everybody’s way and wanted to change that,” he said. “The nice thing about it is the hard work you put in is what you get out of it.
… A year-and-a-half ago or so we rolled into the beginning of the year, we were way better, and that was great, but it wasn’t good enough because we still didn’t get the job done. We still didn’t win. “So, we just kept plugging away at it”.