Scurry Elliott spoke with media via teleconference to focus on NASCAR‘s return to racing at Darlington Raceway, having a stare in opposition to returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600, and extra.
WHEN YOU WERE GESTURING TO KYLE BUSCH AND THERE WERE NO FANS, COULD YOU ALMOST HEAR FANS CHEERING FROM HOME?
“No, I couldn‘t. It modified into as soon as extra factual how I modified into as soon as feeling at the time. In actuality, it didn‘t involve someone else nonetheless he and I.”
IT LOOKED LIKE DENNY (HAMLIN) GOT A LITTLE SEPARATION AWAY FROM YOU RIGHT BEFORE YOU GOT HIT BY KYLE (BUSCH). I WAS CURIOUS, DID YOU HAVE TO LIFT AT ALL BEFORE GETTING HIT BY KYLE OR WERE YOU TRYING TO SETUP A MOVE GOING INTO TURN ONE?
“No, I didn‘t decide. We were all wide originate.”
KYLE (BUSCH) SAID YOU GUYS HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION AND HE SAID YOU WERE A CLASSY INDIVIDUAL. CAN YOU SAY FROM YOUR END HOW THAT CONVERSATION WENT BETWEEN YOU GUYS?
“Yeah, we talked about it. Admire I informed him, I don‘t assume he wrecked me on motive. I reveal that he modified into as soon as looking for to originate a net page that wasn‘t there. And, much relish I informed him, I win that mistakes occurs, that‘s fragment of lifestyles and I win it. He‘s factual no longer a man that makes many mistakes, so for me to be on the uncomfortable discontinuance of a rare mistake on his discontinuance is, at the discontinuance of the day, uncomfortable for me and my crew.”
OBVIOUSLY, FANS LOVE THE DRAMA AND THEY LOVE TO SEE A RIVALRY AND A FEUD. IS THAT A COMFORTABLE SPOT FOR YOU TO BE IN?
“At the discontinuance of the day, clearly I hate that it modified into as soon as me that got wrecked. But I need nothing bigger than to trail decide and strive to develop my fragment for my crew. That‘s fully up to the people. I comprehend it‘s gained a technique of traction and there‘s a technique of oldsters talking about it, so that modified into as soon as within the extinguish a decide for the game. It modified into as soon as a loss for me and my crew. But similar to you acknowledged, other folks like drama, they like talking about that stuff and they also‘ve been doing a technique of it. So, at the discontinuance of the day, there‘s nothing we can develop about it. But I in actuality don‘t care to reply your fashioned demand — it‘s extra or less up to whatever other folks must originate of it.”
IS IT OVER NOW OR IS IT SOMETHING THAT STICKS WITH YOU? DO YOU HAVE TO RETALIATE?
“For me, I factual must trail decide. I presumed we had a terribly fantastic opportunity to strive to rob a decide there on Wednesday. So, that‘s my aim. I need nothing bigger than to factual trail trip successfully and strive to position ourselves in narrate to determine on a technique of races, and we‘ve been lucky to had been in a few positions this year. We‘re quick enough to determine on, factual hasn‘t labored out. I‘m hopeful that our day will diagram.”
I DON‘T SEE YOU COMING BACK TO TAKE HIM OUT OR ANYTHING, AND DENNY HAMLIN SAYS IT NEVER WORKS TO DO THAT. I‘M WONDERING IF NOW YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RACE HIM HARDER THAT SHOULD YOU MAKE A MISTAKE OR SOMETHING, THAT HE OWES YOU A LITTLE FORGIVENESS.
“I don‘t know. Admire I acknowledged, who knows the scenarios or the conditions that you just‘ll be presented with down the avenue. But at the discontinuance of the day, the total motive Wednesday modified into as soon as as uncomfortable because it modified into as soon as on myth of we were battling for a decide. So, I reveal the final analysis is to strive to place apart ourselves in narrate to determine on extra, and that‘s a handsome grief to luxuriate in. That‘s my aim. Who knows the conditions? Nobody‘s ideal — I win that, all people makes mistakes. I‘m particular I‘ll originate hundreds of mistakes as time goes on. I win it, I factual hate I modified into as soon as on the defective discontinuance of a rare one on his discontinuance.”
LIKE YOU SAID, EVERYBODY CAN MAKE MISTAKES. DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT‘S WHAT MADE YOU SO MAD INITIALLY OR DO YOU FEE LIKE REALLY A GUY IS SO GOOD THAT THINGS LIKE THAT DON‘T HAPPEN?
“A man that‘s that talented and does that handsome of a job, you undoubtedly don‘t search for him originate many mistakes. He extra or less did the equivalent ingredient to Martin I reveal at Bristol a couple of years ago and it modified into as soon as extra or less the equivalent misfortune. Admire I acknowledged, I win it. I‘ve by no manner had a grief with Kyle and I don‘t assume he‘s ever had a grief with me. Admire I acknowledged, I don‘t assume he did it on motive. But again, I hate that I modified into as soon as on the defective discontinuance of a rare mistake on his discontinuance and for a man that doesn‘t originate many, I hate that it modified into as soon as me.”
I‘M WONDERING IF THE TRUCK SERIES BOUNTY IS STILL ON BETWEEN THE DRIVERS AND IF YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO RACE IN ANY OF THOSE UPCOMING TRUCK RACES?
“Yeah, thus a ways as I know, it‘s mild on. That‘s no longer my department to be right acceptable with you; that modified into as soon as Kevin (Harvick) and his other folks who place apart that up. I‘m mild planning on racing — planning on mild running and looking for to trail beat Kyle (Busch), ironically enough after Wednesday. Yeah, mild luxuriate in rotund plans to trip and thus a ways because the bounty deal goes, I‘m no longer right particular. I‘m going to trip whether or no longer they are mild striking up the money or no longer.”
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE NEXT TRUCK RACE IS THAT YOUR ENTERING?
“Yeah — Tuesday at Charlotte.”
OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS ALL WEATHER PERMITTING FOR SUNDAY HAVING QUALIFYING FOR THE FIRST TIME, I‘M CURIOUS WHAT YOU THINK WHAT DIFFERENCE THAT MIGHT MAKE FOR YOU GUYS BECAUSE YOU‘VE RUN TWO RACES NOW WITH YOU GUYS JUST JUMPING IN THE CAR AND GOING.
“I reveal much relish the closing two races, I in actuality don‘t assume it matters. I reveal the guys that are handsome and the teams that originate handsome modifications within the direction of the bolt are mild going to determine on and mild going to develop in actuality successfully, as they continuously develop. So, I don‘t in actuality assume it matters. I reveal the agreeable ingredient I wish modified into as soon as a technique of referring to the qualifying is I wish we got to grasp pits off of where we qualified. I reveal the pit different is maybe a bigger motivator for qualifying than the precise initiating net page. I wish that modified into as soon as the case, nonetheless it undoubtedly‘s no longer. I reveal it‘ll be in actuality the same — I mild assume the guys that are handsome within the bolt will trip successfully whether or no longer they originate closing or first.”
WHEN I HEARD OVER THE RADIO THAT THE TEAM WAS GOING DOWN AND WAITING AT THE 18 AFTER THE RACE, I WAS LIKE HOW ARE THEY GOING TO DO THAT IN THE ERA OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. WAS THERE ANY CONCERN?
“Yeah, it‘d be extra or less aggravating to combat when it be necessary to pause six-toes apart. My hands aren‘t lengthy enough (laughs).”
THE FACT THAT YOU CARRY AROUND THE TITLE OF ‘MOST POPULAR DRIVER‘, IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THE LAST TWO ‘RIVALRIES‘ HAVE NOW BEEN BETWEEN YOU AND KYLE (BUSCH) AND, BEFORE, YOU AND DENNY (HAMLIN). DO YOU THINK BEING THE MOST POPULAR DRIVER KIND OF MAKES YOU A TARGET FOR STUFF LIKE THAT?
“I don‘t know — I don‘t know that I’d name them rivalries. I got crashed on each events, so at the discontinuance of the day, it‘s factual uncomfortable for me. And my crew too, they deserve better and they also must trip in actuality successfully. I don‘t know if it does or no longer, that‘s factual extra or less the manner it‘s labored out. Two moments that were in closing laps and battling for a decide relish that I reveal undoubtedly provides to the spotlight extra so than the names.”
WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE TO SHOW UP AT THESE RACES AND NOT PRACTICE? HAS IT CHANGED THE WEEKEND AT ALL FOR YOU AND THE TEAM?
“It‘s made it in actuality intelligent for me. It‘s added a ingredient that I reveal NASCAR has been lacking for a lengthy time. I reveal we‘re learning as an exchange and I reveal the fans are also learning too, that we don‘t must explain for 3 days sooner than a Sunday match and we can mild placed on a terribly handsome drawl. I am hoping as time goes on, we can bolt extra and explain less. Maximize the time that the teams are at the bolt music and, two, with that being acknowledged, we can placed on a rotund day of actions and events, and mild maximize the fans‘ time at the bolt music with the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series. I reveal we can luxuriate in factual as much racing for the people there, on every occasion they can diagram reduction and gaze, as what we‘ve had within the previous, we‘re factual maximizing the time that the teams and drivers are there after we trail. I am hoping we can be taught from this and I reveal NASCAR has been in a odd misfortune with this misfortune to try a technique of issues, and that being one in every of them. So, I‘m having a stare forward to seeing how issues exchange as time goes and, relish I acknowledged, I am hoping it does fairly of bit on myth of I reveal this has been a terribly fantastic learning expertise and I reveal it‘s been a condo trip to this level.”
IN DRIVER CODE, WITH THE COMMUNITY THAT YOU GUYS HAVE TOGETHER THAT WE DON‘T LIVE IN THAT WORLD, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT OR WHAT‘S THE IMPACT OF ACTUALLY HEARING A DRIVER SAY ‘THAT ONE‘S ON ME‘ TO YOU, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT ON THE TAPE THAT IT‘S THEIR FAULT. HOW BADLY DO YOU NEED THAT MOMENT WHERE THEY GO ‘THAT ONE‘S ON ME‘, WHAT‘S THAT IMPACT?
“I in actuality assume it is dependent on the person and how much admire you either had or didn‘t luxuriate in for that person before the second. From Kyle (Busch)‘s misfortune, Kyle and I in actuality luxuriate in gotten along for a lot of years. I feel relish I‘ve raced him with a technique of admire on myth of I admire him. I reveal he‘s in actuality handsome, and he is. A two-time champion ought to be respected, in my leer. I reveal he‘s earned that true. The glory from my discontinuance modified into as soon as there before the match, so that you just might maybe listen to that from a champion and a man that we‘ve raced in actuality aggravating and tidy together over the years, I reveal goes additional than somebody who I don‘t cherish as much, or someone I don‘t win along with as successfully, or someone that doesn‘t bolt with that extra or less admire or that extra or less integrity on the music. I reveal it in actuality is dependent on the person, nonetheless handsome demand.”
WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU ABOUT HIM THAT HE DID IT? WHAT‘D YOU LEARN ABOUT HIM?
“I discovered that he made a mistake and I modified into as soon as on the defective discontinuance of it. But he apologized to me. Unfortunately, that doesn‘t exchange the discontinuance consequence, so at the discontinuance of the day, it mild fee us a shot at a decide. And at the discontinuance of the day, that‘s in actuality the bulk of what matters to me and my crew on myth of we‘re within the exchange to produce bigger than the rest.”
— Crew Chevy —