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Alan Gustafson reveals his plan to make Chase Elliott ‘the weak link’ amid criticism from Hendrick Motorsports fans

Since Chase Elliott is the most popular driver in the sport, his fans have a say in when he doesn’t win. Lately, Elliott fans have floated the idea that Alan Gustafson should be removed as Chase Elliott’s crew chief. Alan Gustafson is known for working alongside big names including Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon. He also played a major role in Chase Elliott winning the championship in 2020.

Crew chief Alan Gustafson said his relationship with Chase was great. During a podcast, Alan said, “Yeah I mean Chase is great…he’s a really easy guy to work with and a lot of fun to work with”

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“Our personalities fit together really well so there’s just no drama, just no extracurricular things that distract from our business and what we need to do and we get on really well and see the things in a very similar way.” Alan also said he thought Chase would share a similar thought.

Meanwhile, during an interview, Alan said, “My goal is to always make the driver the weak link. If he is the weak link, then I did my job, the team did theirs. Gustafson opened up about his pep talk with Chase Elliott during the weather delay.

“With him, it’s not an easy thing to do because it’s a pretty strong bond. So that’s what I’m trying to do and what I’ve been trying to tell him, ‘We’re done messing up and we’re gonna get on it, so stay with us, bring your A-game, you’ll be fine .'”

Gustafson’s overall strategy and positive synergy with Chase have been key over the years in securing significant wins.

How Gustafson’s decision gave Chase Elliott the edge to win in Nashville

After two pre-race delays due to poor weather conditions, racing finally resumed in Nashville. But soon chaos ensued.

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June 26, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) crosses the finish line to win the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel – USA TODAY Sports

Minutes into the race, Alex Bowman crashed. William Byron limped into the garage, struggling with a steering problem. The team’s two remaining riders, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson, soon found themselves at the back of the field, due to a potentially loose wheel and speeding in the pit lane.

Elliott’s loose wheel allowed them to make significant changes at the back of the field. It all worked out perfectly as racing resumed in the evening with much better grip. This allowed Chase to push faster than anyone on the track.

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He showed his strength by passing half a dozen riders on the 210th lap restart and ultimately taking the win in spectacular fashion.