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NASCAR Investigator Chase Elliott Has No Patience For NBC Camera, Suarez Signs Autograph During Argument – OutKick

Kyle Larson is out, Chase Elliott says this new NASCAR race stinks, then chases the camera away, Ryan Blaney calls the drivers stupid** and Cole Custer is under investigation.

Wait what? Yeah. You read correctly.

NASCAR spends its Monday morning in the offices investigating Cole Custer – possibly the most annoying driver in the garage.

More on that in a minute.

Elsewhere, Daniel Suarez lost power steering then felt in his arms, Chase Briscoe is somehow three races away from the Final Four, and – oh yeah – Christopher Bell actually won on Sunday at the Charlotte Roval.

Four tires, a little fuel and a slight timing adjustment… Monday Morning Pit-Stop is rolling!

Christopher Bell won in Charlotte and advanced to the NASCAR Round of 16. (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)

Christopher Bell punches the ticket for the Round of 16

I think we have to start at the end, don’t we?

Bell won the race after a late pit call put him on four new tires, clinching his ticket to the penultimate round of the playoffs.

Pilot Joe Gibbs pulled away by quite a margin, but there was, of course, chaos everywhere else.

For starters, Bell really only had a chance of winning because everyone got destroyed on a late reboot. And by everyone, I mean EVERYONE.

AJ Allmendinger got into Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick moved ‘Dinger for the lead, Tyler Reddick then destroyed Elliott for some reason, Bell finally took over second and Ty Dillon was cautious when he killed a turtle.

Relax, PETA. He does not have really kill a turtle!

Either way, this caution got the red flag out, allowing everyone to take a deep breath and come back for a few tame final laps.

I laugh!

Cole Custer’s move was perfectly fine, NASCAR

So Bell finally did it again and walked away with the win – Toyota’s first on a road course this year, by the way – but the real drama was a few miles behind him.

Chase Briscoe, having to pass several cars on the final lap to catch Kyle Larson in the points, sent his #14 Ford into the corner and slid past just about everyone.

Good news for Briscoe, though… his teammate was there to keep the herd behind him!

Cole Custer, as Dale Jr. said, blocked everyone and allowed his teammate to finally pull away and advance to the knockout stages.

Inexplicably, this decision also eliminated our defending champion – Kyle Larson – from the playoffs.

Quick – who made Chase Briscoe outlast Kyle Larson in the NASCAR playoffs this year?


“Just extremely mad at myself because I’ve let the team down a couple of times this year and let them down in a big way today,” Larson said. “We will keep fighting and we will come back stronger. I will definitely come back stronger, smarter and make better moves there. Just mad at myself. Shame.”

NASCAR later said they were investigating the last-lap incident involving Custer, reviewing data, video and radio transmissions. However, any penalty would NOT affect the Round of 16 field.

My two cents (and that’s why we’re here, isn’t it?!): good luck with that. He threw a giant block on the last lap of a road race. Custer isn’t the first to do so and certainly won’t be the last.

Was the race good in Charlotte? Don’t ask Chase Elliott. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott: (Racing) ‘will get worse’

Instead of rewatching Sunday’s final lap film, perhaps the sport should look at how to improve the quality of racing on the track?

That’s definitely what ever-shredded Chase Elliott would prefer!

I don’t know when Chase became Kyle Busch, but I’m HERE for it. Maybe it’s the new Chase Elliott, or just the Chase Elliott playoffs? Either way, the regular-season champion is LOCKED in for these last four races…even though he apparently doesn’t have much confidence in any of them.

“We sucked in Vegas in the spring” doesn’t really make you want to walk through a brick wall for the No. 9 team.

Either way, barring absolute disaster, it’s pretty clear that Elliott most likely qualifies for the championship chase.

He has the points lead, kind of avoided facing Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick, and now has to finish ahead of guys like Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain and Christopher Bell.

I think he will be fine.

Ryan Blaney (left) and Joey Logano both qualified for the round of 16. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney Calls Stupid ** Non-Playoff Drivers

Another driver I think joins Chase in the Final Four is Ryan Blaney, who also narrowly advanced on Sunday.

It wasn’t exactly a smooth ride for Young Ryan, however.

I believe that gives us four weeks in a row with someone calling someone else an idiot**. We are one week away from BINGO!

Power steering is really important in NASCAR

Finally, as we exit, here’s the quote of the day from Daniel Suarez, who was knocked out of the playoffs after losing power steering early in Sunday’s race.

I don’t know if you know this, but power steering is very useful in this sport, especially on a road course with a billion turns.

Turns out it’s really, really hard to run an automobile without it!

Daniel Suarez signs an autograph during an argument

Finally, on the way out, part 2…

Stick with Suarez, don’t tell me he’s not a good guy.

After battling his car for three hours, being knocked out of the playoffs and having a heated argument with Corey LaJoie, NBC captured video of Suarez signing autographs…

… during the argument!

A bold move from the kid who risks everything for John Hancock, but the shooters shoot, baby!

On a totally unrelated note, I probably wouldn’t try this move with Chase Elliott anytime soon.

Off to Vegas!