Kynt & Vyxsin got lucky here. Fighting for no reason and then doing stupid crap just for the sake of throwing a hissy fit isn't going to help get you any further ahead.
When asked pre-race about why they got rid of NEL's, Phil's response was a non-committal "Who's to say we have?... I don't know where you heard that from, but you're going to have to wait to see what happens." In episode 1, he said that only 8 of the 11 legs are elimination points.