NASCARNASCAR Cup SeriesElliott On Photographer Incident: ‘It Was Not A Wise Move’

Elliott On Photographer Incident: ‘It Was Not A Wise Move’

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS, NV – After having a week to reflect on a post-race incident with a photographer, Chase Elliott admitted that frustration had gotten the better of him and vowed to do better.

Chase elliott admitted that frustration got the better of him post-race at the roval.
Chase Elliott (Photo by Harold Hinson / Harold Hinson Photography)

The driver of the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 led the Bank of America ROVAL 400 until the first attempt at overtime. He was pitched into a spin after contact from Tyler Reddick. Despite another attempt at overtime, the Hendrick Motorsports driver finished 20th.

Post-race on pit road at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Elliott started chatting with his teammate, William Byron. The duo were the only two Hendrick drivers to advance to the Round of Eight.

While they chatted, a videographer started to record their conversation. Frustrated, Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, put his hands on the camera before he motioned the cameraman away.

“It probably was not a wise move on my behalf, but I asked the guy to give us a little space and he didn’t really,” Elliott reflected. “Look (it was) frustration after a tough race but (it was) not the right move for me to make.”


Between NASCAR on NBC, NASCAR on FOX, the taping for the USA Network docudrama ‘Race for the Championship,’ and race photographers, multiple cameras are on pit road post-race. Whether Elliott initially knew how close the TV camera was or if it was live, wasn’t what he was concerned with.

Chase elliott reflected on his post-race incident with a cameraman at charlotte motor speedway.
Chase Elliott (Photo by Jim Fluharty / Harold Hinson Photography)

One week later, the Dawsonville, GA native plans to do better moving forward.

“You always assume that that’s the case (that a live TV camera is there), but that wasn’t the point of the camera being live or not,” Elliott explained. “My frustration with the matter (was that I had asked for a little more space). What can I do going down the road other than trying to be better in the future?”

The opportunity for Elliott to learn from the incident starts with the South Point Casino 400 on Sunday, October 16. The 26-year-old qualified 20th for the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Playoffs race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 16 on NBC.

The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Motorsports Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Seth Eggert
Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.


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