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NASCAR Cup: Did Alan Gustafson hint at Texas payback?

Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Alan Gustafson (right) with driver Chase Elliott (photo corutesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Alan Gustafson (right) with driver Chase Elliott (photo corutesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Blame it on heat of the moment emotion, but did Chase Elliott’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, hint at payback to Denny Hamlin in Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway at Fort Worth?

“I’m cool with it,” Gustafson said at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 29 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. “When we have his back tires jacked up going into probably (turn) three at Texas, that’ll be a bigger corner; then, just be good with that, too.”

After taking the race lead and looking to be en route to a first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in the First Data 500 and Martinsville — a win that would have clinched his spot in the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami on Nov. 19, Hamlin moved into second and made contact with Elliott — contact that resulted in an Elliott spin and hard contact with the retaining wall.

Elliott wound up 27th at the finish. Hamlin finished seventh after a crash on the final lap of the race. Both drivers are among the eight drivers remaining in the 2017 playoffs.

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