Kyle Larson surpassed his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott with a few laps left to take home the victory in Watkins Glen, on Sunday.
Chase Elliott didn’t seem to be happy with how the race ended however, complimented Larson on the win.
The major talking point was about a late-race incident between Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson which cause the No. 9 to be irritated after the race.
Larson used up Elliott on the final restart, pushing the No.9 Chevy up track to take the lead and the win.
The No. 5 ride moved swiftly ahead while Elliott, who was leading a race-high 29 laps, was forced to settle for a P4 finish.
NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., in his latest episode of the Dale Jr. Download podcast, has voiced his opinion on the late race fued between the two.
Earnhardt Jr. believed that Kyle Larson didn’t have any alternative other than overdrive at the first corner.
“As we’re starting to come down the back straightaway and cars are double-filing up, I see AJ (Allmendinger) is lined up on the inside for Turn 1. I thought Larson was going to have to overdrive the entry.
He cannot go into this corner with the intent to make the middle and hit the apex. He’s going to have to overdrive it because if you don’t, AJ is going to be on the inside of him,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said.
Dale Jr admitted Chase Elliott might have been expecting too much help from his teammate who was running for the victory.
“It was interesting that Chase took that outside. I think that Chase may have expected too much from Larson in terms of, ‘Hey, take care of me. I’m going to start over here, so don’t use me up.’
I think that maybe Chase was expecting a little too much help from a teammate at that moment. With AJ on his heels, and everything around him, late in the race, downhill braking zone, it’s a lot to ask from Larson to line up on his left side,” Earnhardt Jr. added.
Kyle Larson picked up his second successive triumph at the road course. He gained a victory in August 2021.
Monday, the two deliver put an end to their differences during the weekly schedule HMS competition meeting.