Explaining Chase Elliott’s ‘thought process’ behind the fateful move on Ross Chastain during the all-important finale

Chase Elliott had a great 2022 NASCAR season. However, the Hendrick Motorsports driver was unable to score his second win in the series at Phoenix last Sunday. And it wouldn’t be wrong to point out that the whole Ross Chastain incident had something to do with it. Had Elliott not been destroyed, he would have seen a better end to his phenomenal season.

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While talking about the incident on NASCAR with NBC, NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman discussed Chase Elliott’s possible motive behind his move. He said; “Yeah. I think that’s a very valid point. And as for Chase, I wonder if there’s something he’s learned, and he’s replaying that and thinking, ‘Maybe I’d corner him and fight him to the corner.'” You know, rather than just a tryna block to the left.”

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continue further; “It also could have been one of those things where he doesn’t know he has the fastest car. He knows he has one of the fastest cars. He’s been put in this position where if he can stay ahead of them, all the championship contenders, maybe for some reason, It all works.”

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Furthermore, Kligerman revealed his thoughts on what should happen in Chase’s mind. He said; “They get the air dirty and they can’t get it. I think that’s probably some thought process like ‘I have to maintain this driving mode. Which is why he moved down the block.”

What exactly did Chase Elliott do in Phoenix?

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Throughout the year, Chase Elliott managed to reach the top of the points table with his exceptional performances. However, one move in the finals changed the entire course of direction for the Hendrick Motorsports driver. In Phoenix, Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott were battling it out for the Cup.

BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 07: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet, walks the grid before the NASCAR FireKeepers Casino Cup Series 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 7, 2022 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

However, after the restart on lap 200, Chase Elliott’s car hit the wall. Trying to get ahead of the track before crossing the start/finish line, Elliott’s vehicle got stuck on the front of Chastain. And as one would expect, Chastain didn’t lift, sending Elliott’s car into the wall.

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Elliott’s car was severely damaged. As a result, the Hendrick Motorsports driver finished 28th. Hence, cri = heralds all hopes of a second career win.

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