Sunday’s postseason race at Chicagoland didn’t produce many fireworks, but the 16 playoff drivers were still on edge as they were competing to move on to the next round.
There were also several non-playoff drivers who were disappointed with how they were racing, including Danica Patrick. She was heard on the radio scanner complaining about her engine.
“Dude, this (expletive) engine breaking is so dumb in the middle of the corner,” Patrick said.
Erik Jones, who just missed out on the playoffs, lost his A/C in the middle of the race.
“Frickin’ dying in here, man,” Jones said. “I have not been this hot in a racecar in my entire life. I can’t even touch the steering wheel it’s so hot. If my brain wasn’t already trying to melt down.”
Perhaps the funniest and meanest comment of the week came from Kyle Larson after he had an issue with Michael McDowell. Larson had some not-so-nice words to say about Michael McDowell during the race.
“That guy’s a (expletive) moron every week,” Larson said.
The rest of the race was largely uneventful after Martin Truex Jr. took over and dominated down the stretch.
Jamie McMurray went spinning sideways early during Stage 3 of the race after colliding with Ryan Newman, and Newman said he was “clobbered” by McMurray. McMurray asked if he didn’t give Newman enough room, but his crew said they couldn’t tell. Newman clearly wasn’t pleased.
Chase Elliott won Stage 2 of the race, but he admitted to his crew that he thought he had “maxed out” on his potential.
Martin Truex Jr. dominated the final stage, and he told his crew they did an unbelievable job sticking with him after struggling early on in the race.
Truex won his fifth race of the season, and he automatically moved on to the Round of 12.