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Chase contender Chase Elliott hits the wall early in Richmond (video)

Chase Elliott is forced to pit with an issue to the rear tire after Ryan Newman forces Jeff Gordon in the No. 88 into the No. 24.

Chase Elliott entered the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a 39-point advantage on Ryan Newman for the final transfer in the Chase.

Elliott, who was 14th on the Chase grid, is looking for a playoff appearance in his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series. But his night took a turn for the worse on Lap 95.

Elliott was running on the outside of a three-wide battle when Newman made contact the left-rear of Jeff Gordon, sending him up into Elliott. A few laps later, Elliott’s left tire blew and it sent him into the outside wall in Turn 1.

Damage to the right-side forced Elliott to pit road for repairs, but he is currently battling to stay on the lead lap as the race approaches the 165-lap mark.

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