Erik Jones, Ty Dillon crash late in Kentucky race (video)
Xfinity Chase favorite Erik Jones got loose, crashed and also took out fellow Chase driver Ty Dillon with 13 laps left in Saturday night’s playoff race at Kentucky Speedway.
Jones was underneath Dillon in Turn 3 after a restart when Jones’ car slid up into Dillon’s car, forcing both into the wall.
Jones’ car returned to the garage behind a tow truck. Dillon drove his damaged car to pit road before the team took it to the garage. NASCAR did not allow Dillon to return to the track because the team was deemed to be working on the car during the red flag after the incident. Dillon finished 27th. Jones finished 28th.
“I just got sucked around,’' Jones told NBCSN. “It’s my fault. Just couldn’t hang on to it. (Dillon) just kept slamming on my door, and I did all I could to hang on to it. We had a winning car, but I made a mistake.’'
Said Dillon: “I heard him get loose and he had to lift. There was nowhere I could go. Just sucks to start off the Chase like that. Hurts man. Tough to swallow.’'
Jones led 100 laps in the 200-lap race. Dillon led 47 laps before the incident.
Jones has won four races this season, including last weekend’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Jones is ninth in the Chase standings and Dillon is last in the 12-driver field with two races left before four drivers are eliminated from title contention.