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Chase Elliott finishes 32nd after early wreck at Texas

Chase Elliott spins and makes contact with the wall in Turn 2, which results in damage to the right side and rear of the No. 9 car.

Chase Elliott’s championship hopes are even more dire after he wrecked on the ninth lap of Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Elliott, who started 14th, was running in the middle lane in Turn 2 when his No. 9 Chevrolet got loose and hit the outside wall. Elliott’s team made repairs to his car and he was able to continue. He managed a 32nd-place finish, 22 laps off the lead.

Elliott entered the race last on the playoff grid, 44 points behind the cutoff. He leaves Texas 78 points behind the cutoff, ensuring Elliott will have to win next weekend at Phoenix to advance to the title round.

“Obviously, today was very self-inflicted,” Elliott said. “I made a mistake that there’s really no excuse for and that’s what you get. You make mistakes, you put yourself in a bad position and that was all on me today. I hate that it happened, but it did and we’ll just go onto Phoenix and try to get a win out there.”