Chase Elliott came to the defense of crew chief Alan Gustafson, saying Friday that he stood by his crew chief after his No. 9 Chevrolet‘s fuel tank ran dry at a critical juncture during last weekend‘s race at Watkins Glen International.


The miscue led to criticism of Gustafson‘s call from certain sectors of social media. Elliott said neither he nor his crew chief gave it much mind, reaffirming the bond that they‘ve built ever since they were first paired together for his rookie season in 2016.

“That‘s not something that he and I worry about. You know, he doesn‘t worry about social media, and I don‘t either,” Elliott said after qualifying 23rd for Saturday‘s 400-miler. “We have a lot of trust in one another and the job that we do. I think a lot of him, and I think he‘s a great dude, he‘s a great crew chief, and I don‘t really care what anybody says about that because I work with him every week, and no one else does. So it‘s kind of unfair, really, for anybody to feel like they have a good hold on what our team sees and the things we talk about every week and the things that we go to work on together, and I‘m really proud of that. We‘ve been working together for, what, about eight years now, so I‘m not worried about him.”

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