Chase Elliott eliminated in multi-car wreck at Dover
Chase Elliott will finish 39th in the 40-car field after a multi-car wreck on the sixth lap of Sunday’s Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
Problems started when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun on the frontstretch after contact from Joey Logano. Elliott ran into the back of Kyle Busch’s car and damaged the front of his car enough that it could not be repaired. Busch had to pit for repairs.
Erik Jones, who is battling to make the playoffs, suffered left front damage in the incident. He hit the back of Joey Logano’s car and had to pit for repairs. Garrett Smithley and Joey Gase spun behind the Stenhouse incident and Gase hit the wall, ending his race. Gase finished last.
Said Logano of the contact with Stenhouse: “I screwed up. I don’t know any way better to put it. We raced each other hard and I was trying to make the bottom work and my car was tight. I got a little loose down into three which kind of sent me up the race track and there was a pocket of air that if your front is really close to someone’s left rear tire the nose really takes off.
“I am not making excuses for the mistake. it is on me. I got in that pocket and then got started really going up the race track and I barely tagged him. I am not sure if I actually tagged him or not but it was enough to spin him around and I needed to be further away to protect the damage to our car and countless others. Like I said, I apologize to him and his race team and the others involved. I got myself in a tight spot and I didn’t do a good job getting out of it.”