Chase Elliott, the most likely leader in the championship? – NASCAR Talk

CONCORD, NC—A tumultuous NASCAR week is drawing to a close when the green flag is waved today at Charlotte Roval, but one has to wonder what’s next.

Three Cup drivers out due to injuries, driver frustration with NASCAR safety efforts and Team managers denounced the ‘broken’ economic model It created significant tension in a streak that saw 19 different winners score this season.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps to appear in Countdown Green (1 p.m. ET on NBC)

“We’ve been doing this for a really long time this year without a vacation; we’re all blowing up anything now,” Austin Dillon Noting that the series has only had one weekend since mid-February.

“There are a few things we can do in the off-season to get everyone excited again and ready to go. The only good thing about this car, I feel, is that the race has been great. If you look at the metrics from the winners and passes from the first lap. Now we have to please the drivers because Once the drivers are happy, everyone will be happy.”

over the past week, NASCAR President Steve Phelps Meets Denny Hamlin After Hamlin called for “new driving” in NASCAR and that the car needed a redesign, team owners spoke out publicly about their long-term survival concerns and chain officials held a 75-minute meeting with drivers Saturday about safety.

“This meeting (with the drivers) should have taken place on the Monday after Kurt’s crash.” Joey Logano Referring to the July 23 incident in Pocono that was marginalized Kurt Busch Since then, “Don’t wait for Alex (Bowman) to crash.”

Kevin Harvick Hamlin has been among the most vocal critics of NASCAR’s safety efforts, but Chase Elliott, who usually avoids any sharp criticism, shares his ‘frustration’ Last weekend with NASCAR you didn’t fix the problems with the car sooner.

Drivers talking to get NASCAR’s attention is nothing new.

“It’s the most powerful tool you can have and sometimes you have to use to force change,” Hamlin said last month in Kansas, pointing to his microphone at a media session.

Drivers’ frustration grew because they said they had been telling NASCAR about their concerns about the car’s stiffness and the more difficult impacts they had been feeling for some time. While the car is safer from catastrophic accidents – such as Ryan NewmanThe 2020 Daytona 500 crash and the 2021 Lugano Talladega crash, the most common accidents that resulted in injuries.

Bush and Bowman will miss the playoffs today (2pm ET on NBC) Due to concussion-like symptoms after separate incidents in the back of the head. kodi ware He sits out of this race due to a broken ankle he sustained two weeks ago. Ware will be back next week. When Busch and Bowman will return is uncertain.

It is believed to be the first time in more than 20 years that three full-time drivers have missed the same Cup race due to injuries from crashes on the track.

With that as background, NASCAR caught up with the drivers for 75 minutes of what was described as the “candid” and “candid” discussion. Christopher Bell He said the meeting was “definitely tense” on the driver’s side. NASCAR and the drivers said more meetings are needed.

Harvick was cautious in his assessment of the meeting, telling NBC Sports and The Associated Press: “Actions are much louder than words. That’s what we need to see.”

Some drivers described the meeting as productive, while Eric Jones Describe the meeting asLots of Seinfeld airing grievances From a meeting of so many men.”

A group of team executives representing the 16 Cup teams that own all 36 charters aired their complaints on Friday to select members from the media.

The teams are seeking additional sources of income and submitted a seven-point proposal for June that they felt would meet their long-term sustainability goals. NASCAR rejected the offer last week. His counteroffer provided a “slight increase in revenue,” according to Curtis Polk, 23XI Racing investor and longtime business manager for Michael Jordan.

“The focus has been on cutting costs significantly. With the next generation car, car costs are pretty flat. So what will that lead to? It will lead to mass layoffs on our teams.”

The two sides are “very far apart,” said Jeff Gordon, vice president of Hendrik Motorsports.

Gordon stated that Hendrick Motorsports, which has won the previous two Cup championships, will not turn a profit this season. He also said it had been “a while” since the organization did so.

For three hours Sunday, such issues should go away. And then?

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