NASCAR News: Jarrett says coronavirus situation stopped ugly scene with Busch and Elliott

One-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Jarrett believes the late clash between Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott at Darlington on Wednesday would have sparked "ugly" scenes without the COVID-19 situation

NASCAR News: Jarrett says coronavirus situation stopped ugly scene with Busch and Elliott

NASCAR's return to the track took a twist when two of its biggest stars clashed on track, with Elliott giving Busch a one-fingered salute after contact between them sent him spinning into the wall and out of second position, allowing Busch's team-mate Denny Hamlin to win the second race back after the coronavirus postponements.

With the race red-flagged moments later due to rain, attention quickly turned to pit road where Elliott's team assembled on the wall near Busch's car - and appeared to be readying themselves for some form of confrontation.

NASCAR officials were quickly on the scene and appeared to dissuade any physical interaction between team members, as the sport's sanctioning body has made social distancing measures a keystone of its return.

Instead, Elliott's crew chief Alan Gustafson took it upon himself to speak one-on-one with Busch, with Gustafson having history with Busch as his former crew chief from 2005-07. Busch duly held his hands up for the mistake that wrecked his rival's race.

Appearing on NBCSN's Lunch Talk Live show, three-time Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Jarrett said it was a sign of the times that there wasn't a scuffle between crews or drivers.

When asked if the situation would usually have developed into something more, 1999 champion Jarrett replied: "100%, that could have escalated in a hurry in a different time. Go back to last year, that would've turned into something with the crews getting involved.

"Even Alan Gustafson, a good friend of Kyle Busch, the crew chief for Chase Elliott, he knew Chase had this race in hand. He had the best tyres and he had the best car at that time, and was probably going to dispose of Denny Hamlin there.

"Chase would have got there and he probably would have been involved in that, and things could have got a little bit ugly. But we expect that from these competitors in NASCAR. Not that I'm advocating violence, but going and standing your ground? Hey, there's nothing wrong with that.

"We'll get back to that time, hopefully. We need sports, we need competition, and it makes us feel special seeing these athletes doing extraordinary things. We'll have some scuffling going on, hopefully before this year is over."

shares
comments
NASCAR News: Busch admits he made a mistake against Elliott
Previous article

NASCAR News: Busch admits he made a mistake against Elliott

Next article

NASCAR News: I don't think Busch wrecked me on purpose - Elliott

NASCAR News: I don't think Busch wrecked me on purpose - Elliott
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Plus

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Plus

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Plus

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his team-mate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Plus

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival Plus

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Plus

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson’s journey to the 2021 NASCAR Cup title comes straight from the Hollywood blockbuster scripts. While Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons

NASCAR
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR
Oct 5, 2021