ELKO NEW MARKET, MINN. — Tempers flared between Daniel Dye and Thad Moffitt on the final lap of Saturday’s ARCA Menards 250 at Elko Speedway.
Dye bumped Moffitt in turn one which caused Moffitt to spin.
The two drivers were battling for sixth-place position before the spin.
Dye finished on the lead lap in seventh-place in his ARCA Menards Series debut and Moffitt finished ninth, one lap down.
After the race, Dye and Moffitt exchanged words on pit road but “agreed to disagree,” according to Dye.
“He got me there pretty early in the race and I gave it back just as much as he gave it back to me so I thought we were good there,” Dye stated. “I’ve raced Thad for years and I don’t want to race that way and he doesn’t want to race me that way.”
“It’s just racecar drivers trying to get every inch we could and he ended up on the bad side. Sorry to him, it’s just an agreement to a disagreement.”
Moffitt had a different perspective on the final lap incident, stating “it was pretty cut and dry the 21 turned into us coming off of turn four and wrecked us going all the way to one.”
“I don’t know what his logic was there,” Moffitt elaborated. “We were racing hard for sixth place and I guess he’s trying to prove something. It’s alright, we’ll move on and keep our heads up from what happened here.”
Moffitt is third in the ARCA Menards Series points standings, 53 points behind points leader Corey Heim and 26 points ahead of Nick Sanchez, who is fourth in points.
Dye has seven more ARCA Menards Series races left this season, including the next three races, which will be at Berlin, Iowa and Winchester, respectively.
The next race for the ARCA Menards Series is the July 17 Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin Raceway (8 p.m. ET; TV: MAVTV).