NASCAR Legend Dismisses Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott’s Criticism of Kyle Larson
Controversies don’t seem to settle down in the NASCAR world. And they seem to be soaring to an all-time high, especially after the roll-out of the next-gen car. Drivers throughout the grid have expressed their concerns regarding the safety of the car. Among the outspoken voices were the two Cup Series champions, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott. However, a veteran of NASCAR seems to largely differ in his opinions regarding the next-gen car.
The Hall of Famer Mark Martin’s difference of opinion was clearly visible when he appeared on Kenny Wallace’s show, The Kenny Conversation. The former Fox NASCAR reporter asked Mark Martin, “This new next-gen car, what are your thoughts on just that car coming into NASCAR?”
The Veteran Cup Series champion opined, “First thought that comes to mind that is not a popular fan, you know opinion, but I’ve seen the best racing in NASCAR history since that car’s come out. Best racing on the track in history. The best in history. So stop complaining about it.”
However, when it came to driving the next-gen car, Mark Martin has a different school of thought. He exclaims, “The other side of it is I don’t like it, would hate it to be driving now. The guys hate working on them. And they ain’t saved no money yet.”
He also emphasized the fact, “So I’m not a lover of the car. Looks like a sports car underneath. Doesn’t look like a NASCAR car.”
Mark Martin’s opinions come as a great blow to NASCAR drivers, especially to Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing. The inception of this contention goes back to last year, when Kurt Busch had to adjourn his racing. He showed concussion-like symptoms after he got wrecked in Pocono and also raised questions about safety issues.
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And most recently, it was Kyle Larson who suffered a horrifying wreck at Talladega. To this, Chase Elliott, his teammate at Hendrick Motorsports had raised questions, “I’m disappointed in that, personally.”
He also added to his concerns, “I definitely think that’s concerning but probably more of a conversation on how to move forward outside of this room and we’ll get it better where we can be productive on it and not just sit here and run my mouth,”
The damage to the Kyle Larson car from Talladega is obviously concerning to drivers. Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch give their thoughts: pic.twitter.com/ksHU4qGqn2
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Even the #8 had raised his doubts on the safety of next-gen cars, “That is, the other car didn’t sustain much damage.” Moreover, he added to the alarming fact, “Looking at the #41 and seeing some of the stuff on that car, it was a brick getting rammed into a stick of butter. It’s just going to smash it if it’s built too stiff.”
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