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NASCAR fans speculate after curious ‘I’ll tell you later’ radio exchange between Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports Crew Chief at Richmond

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During the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond, one event that seemed to have slipped the radar of many in Richmond was the curious exchange between Chase Elliott and his crew chief, Alan Gustafson.

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The Hendrick driver started seventh on lap 253 but within 3 laps he fell back to eighteenth position due to an unexplained problem.

“I don’t know what happened to that thing man,” Elliott told his crew chief over the radio. “Just be nice and gentle with it, take care of it”, replied his team leader.

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As for what the problem really was, when Elliott asked his crew chief, Gustafson said it was “another problem.” “I will tell you later,” he said.

Fans react to interesting exchange from Chase Elliott

This exchange has NASCAR fans wondering what that problem could have been.

A fan wrote, “It’s more like a case of ‘we’re putting lefts on rights and right on lefts’ more than anything. I guess Alan knew not to go into detail after what happened. happened last week when Chase got mad at the team and cursed them for about 10 laps after dropping 11 places on pit road.

Another reaction read, “It was just weird what happened as I was watching him and cheering him on. But then he fell really fast. I’ve never seen a car do that, so fast. Something else was going to have his team leader say, “I know, I know, take care of it.”

“Probably swapped tires right/left side,” was the reaction of one fan while another wrote, “Probably a team mistake. But maybe bending the rules.

“Normally when they know they’ve done something with NASCAR, they speak in code or like that… I guess they either mixed up the tires or made an illegal fit,” read a comment.

Chase Elliott feels solid despite missing a win this season

In a pre-race interview at Richmond, Chase Elliott described how he feels about not taking his #9 Camaro to victory yet this season.

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“I felt that we had sometimes been solid” said Elliott. “I I feel like other than Vegas, I felt like there were signs of rhythm for us, we just didn’t put a full day together, unfortunately.

March 20, 2022; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads the field during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 Cup champion says it’s only in April that the ‘deal pays off’ in November.

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“We want to win, we want to earn as many bonus points as possible, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of races to do,” he added.

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