Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott involved in restart wreck at Charlotte (video)
CONCORD, N.C. - Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott became the latest Chase drivers to find trouble Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway when they were both spun on a Lap 260 restart.
Dillon was lined up on the inside of the front row alongside leader Jimmie Johson. The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team elected for track position and took two tires on its pit stop when the caution flew on Lap 254 for an AJ Allmendinger crash.
When the green came back out, Dillon was hit from behind by Martin Truex Jr., sending him through the grass and into the inside retaining wall.
“I’m fine, it just sucks,” Dillon said. “We will have to work hard the next two weeks to get the points back. I felt like I got to third gear pretty clean and then the next thing – I feel contact and I am spinning through the grass. It’s part of it and we took two tires there and you know the risk when you get into it. You just hope that doesn’t happen obviously. I got to third without spinning the tires, and I felt like we got contacted. We will just go on to next week.”
Austin is fine & getting ready for the next race, looking at EFI data shows that Austin didn't spin the tires, it's called the Chase folks👍🏻— Slugger Labbe (@SluggerLabbe) October 9, 2016
The accordion effect also collected Elliott, who was spun into the Turn 1 wall after contact from Kyle Busch. The No. 24 was also hit by Paul Menard.
Elliott had led 103 laps prior to the accident.
“I think the No. 3 (Dillon) spun his tires, I think they put on just two tires,” Elliott said. “I think (Truex) was trying to push him and ended up getting him out of shape and then I think (Kyle Busch) didn’t see it and ended up getting into me. I tried to get off the brakes and get down to keep that from happening but definitely unfortunate. We had such a good car, and I am devastated that we didn’t get the result that the guys deserved. We just have got to go and do more of that next week.”
Also involved in the wreck were Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, and Carl Edwards among others.