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Chase Elliott on Denny Hamlin: ‘Don’t even ask’

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“Don’t even ask.”

That was Chase Elliott’s comment Friday morning about extracting revenge on Denny Hamlin for last Sunday’s incident at Martinsville Speedway, where Elliott was leading and Hamlin wrecked him with two laps to go.

Had Elliott held on to win, he would have been locked in as one of the four drivers to battle for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Instead, Kyle Busch won the Martinsville race and clinched a final four spot, while Elliott is eighth in points and unlikely to be one of the title combatants unless he can win Sunday’s AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway or next weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

Sunday night, Hamlin Tweeted an apology and insisted the incident was not deliberate, but by then the damage was done.

And, yes, Elliott is still fuming.

“I am still pretty frustrated about it and you know, as long as the week has gone along it has given me a lot of time to think about how close we were to going to Homestead,” Elliott said Friday morning at TMS.  “I think if anything else that will drive you up the wall more if you think about it. Definitely not happy about it and I don’t think a whole lot has changed.”

That said, there was a limit to what Elliott would say.

“I am not going to answer your questions about whether I am going to get him back or not,” he told reporters at TMS. “Don’t even ask because you are not going to hear it from me.  Just don’t go there.  But yeah, I don’t think my mindset has changed from that standpoint.”

Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen is a veteran motorsports journalist. He spent 13 years with FOXSports.com, where he was Digital Content Manager. Previously, he was executive editor of NASCAR Scene and managing editor of National Speed Sport News. Jensen served as the president of the National Motorsports Press Association and is the group’s former Writer of the Year.