Both drivers spoke about the most difficult part of the 63rd edition of The Great American Race.
Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon were among the contenders to win the Daytona 500 at the final lap last night, but they were just away from the Michael McDowell at the moment of caution, which turned out to be decisive as the no.34 Front Row Motorsports driver got that victory. The 2020 Cup Series champion and the 2018 Daytona 500 champion completed the top 3 of the event. Every result in the Daytona 500 is given through hard work and overcoming the difficulties, especially such a high finish. Elliott and Dillon talked through the most challenging part of the race for them.
“I think the most challenging thing from my end was just balancing what to do about how fast the top was. I mean, I didn’t really know what to do. I felt like my hands were tied. I hate that. I think I would love to race and be able to race for a stage win or a little bit. I’m not saying go overboard and crash everybody, but at least pull down and do a little something for the people watching, and we just — it just wasn’t an option to better your result. So we didn’t”, Chase Elliott said.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s hard. The Duels were fun. You split up some manufacturers, you get some good racing, but the way it ended, it was hard. And the big wreck, it definitely takes a lot of the speed out of the pack and the ability to have more cars pull to the bottom”, Austin Dillon said.