Following Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway a angry Elliott Sadler confronted Regan Smith.
“Hey Regan, you got a problem with me? You got a problem with me?” asked Sadler.
After Smith offered his version of events, Sadler remained unmoved telling him, “You will not win this championship, mark my word.’’
Smith and Sadler were racing for position and are involved in a championship battle. Sadler was third when Smith made contact with him sending him to an 18th place finish and dropping him 24 points behind Smith in the point standings.
Later while speaking with reporters Smith shouldered some of the blame.
“I just had a run on the last re-start on the bottom, and I don’t know who was ahead of him, I think the 20 (Brian Vickers) went to block him and he (Sadler) went to block me,’’ Smith said. “And I had a run on the inside so I went in there and got way down on the flat and slipped sideways, trying to keep off him initially there and when I did, it snapped sideways into him and took him out.
“It’s my fault. I hate that it happened, but you can’t take it back. It is what it is. I’m sure he’s pretty angry right now, but we’ll go to the next one and keep on fighting with this TaxSlayer.com Chevy and try to get some points.’’