Chase Elliott criticizes NASCAR safety for backtracking on new car

Chase Elliott, as Numerous NASCAR Cup Series Driversconcerned about Next generation car safetythat debuted this season.

His feelings and those of his rivals are very understandable, like Many drivers said Many of the hits and impacts have felt more powerful this season in the new car than in previous years. The drivers, Kurt Bosch and Alex Bowman, have also been sidelined this season with concussion-like symptoms in the wake of the shipwrecks.

Bosch hasn’t raced since July After showing symptoms of concussion following a wreck at Pocono Raceway. And now, Bowman announced Thursday that he will not compete at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend because he has concussion-like symptoms after crashing at Texas Motor Speedway last Sunday.

“We should never back down in any territory with a new design,” Elliott said this week, responding to a tweet from Trackhouse Racing co-owner Justin Marks about car safety.

Then on Saturday during a press conference in Talladega, Elliott was asked about his tweet and where he would like to see NASCAR and the next generation car move forward. He noted that drivers appeared to be fine after similar wrecks in previous seasons, but that there appeared to be more injuries this year.

Elliot said:

“I don’t feel like we had to be in this situation at first to need to move forward. We should have gone ahead with a new opportunity in a new car, in my opinion. You have all these years of experience, knowledge, race time, crashing these cars and the teams working on them and building them. It amazes me that we can have something new in 2022 that brings all this technology and all this time and the experience of so many talented people into this sport, and let it go back in time, especially with safety.

“It’s so amazing to me that we’re letting that happen. But we’ve done it, and now it’s just about how do we move forward from here, making sure we make the right choices to improve what we have and prevent things like what happened to Alex this week? And what happened to Kurt. These kinds of accidents haven’t resulted in injuries in the past few years just because of my watching. I’m obviously not a doctor, but I’ve seen a lot of cars going up into a wall and these guys are fine.”

Other drivers also explained that mild-looking collisions came with stronger effects on them, such as when the car hits the rear wall first.

“From the beginning, everyone could see that this car was very solid,” Kevin Harvick said in July, via NBC Sports. “When you crashed (in practically Auto Club Speedway), I thought the car had been wrecked and could barely support the bumper. It felt like someone had hit you with a hammer.”

Harvick also specifically said he feels that unlike his fellow drivers, people in the industry don’t appreciate how hard these hits are and don’t take their complaints seriously. Along with Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace and Christopher Bell are among those who have voiced similar concerns throughout the season.

On Saturday in Talladega, Elliott continued:

“I just hate seeing that. No one is immune to it. It could be me next week, or it could be any of my teammates or fellow competitors. No one wants to see that no matter how much you like or dislike someone, in my opinion. I just hate.” Seeing us go back, I’m afraid we have in some of these areas.

“But look, it’s just about how we meet and how we can move forward from here. I think there are a lot of really smart people out there trying to help make that happen, and I’m sure we’ll do that. But it’s important that we do that, in my opinion, because having players Out of playoffs now – or anytime for that matter – shouldn’t happen, and I think that takes away from our Sunday product.”

Several drivers throughout the season have noted that they have suffered some of the toughest blows of their careers this year, and NASCARMAN, the unofficial historian of NASCAR, compiled several of their comments in this detailed thread:

And after more recent shipwrecks and Bowman’s concussion-like symptoms, drivers continue to speak out, urging NASCAR to address vehicle safety:

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