Chase Elliott never thought about NASCAR forcing him to fix the radio problems that plagued his team throughout the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. But, on Monday morning, NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller conceded officials probably should have made the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team address the issue.
Miller told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that officials in the tower have a lot going on during an event and do not monitor every team transmission. When officials did turn to Elliott’s upon being made aware of a potential issue during the race’s first pit stop, Miller said they heard communication between Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson.
“We felt like they were in communication with one another,” said Miller. “Obviously, by (Elliott’s) interview at the end of the race, we were wrong about that. But that’s one of those things about officiating these races: We make decisions, and we live with them, and we have to move on to the next race.
“Maybe we missed that one, and maybe we should have had him (pit) because they’re supposed to have all that communication. But there was dialogue back and forth between he and the crew chief that led us to believe they were OK, and it turns out from his interview afterward they weren’t.
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