2018 NASCAR Cup - Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 18 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: {Nigel Kinrade}/NKP

Mid-Race Accident Ends Strong Daytona 500 Run for Elliott, NAPA Team

Chase Elliott’s impressive showing in the 60th running of “The Great American Race” was cut short after a mid-race accident that ultimately ending the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team’s day.

Elliott had high expectations for Sunday’s Daytona 500 and he was showing why for the first two stages of racing. But on Lap 102, with Elliott running second and right on the leader’s tail, an untimely push from behind sent the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 into the turn three wall, causing a multi-car incident and damage that ended Elliott’s day prematurely.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 18 February 2018 Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker NKP

 

“Tough circumstances – was just trying to feel (then-leader Ryan) Blaney out, kind of see what he was going to do, how aggressive he wanted to be,” Elliott explained. “I had a big push and just got light at the wrong time. Didn’t make the right move.”

Prior to the incident, Elliott was racing toward the front for much of the afternoon.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 18 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

 

After starting fourth, he continued to run inside the top 10 in the early stages of the race but was stuck in the outside lane and shuffled back outside the top 20 on Lap 19.

He recovered to take the race lead on Lap 45, battling between first and second for the remainder of Stage 1 until he was caught in the middle during three-wide racing and again shuffled back in the pack. Still, he finished Stage 1 in eighth.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 18 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro, With Guest on the grid. World Copyright: Susan DeVault NKP

 

In Stage 2, Elliott maintained a top-10 position, and on Lap 101, he raced all the way up to second. One lap later, he was using his momentum to see what it would take to pass the leader when the incident occurred.

“A big push at the wrong time, I guess,” he said. “It happens and we will just move on down the road and try to get ’em in Atlanta.”

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 18 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro crew, National Anthem World Copyright: Barry Cantrell NKP

 

Start / Finish: 4 th / 33 rd
Points Earned: 7
Points Standing / Total: 23 rd / 17 points

 

Next Race: February 25, Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 2:00 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

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2 Comments

  • Trey Nelson

    February 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Reply

    Hi, I’m the biggest Chase Elliott fan ever, may I have a hero card?
    Thanks!

    Trey Nelson
    3234 Falcon Ave.
    Atlantic, IA 50022

    • NAPA Auto Parts

      February 27, 2018 at 10:18 AM

      Reply

      Chase Elliott is only accepting driver card autograph request via mail. If you would like an autographed driver card please send your request (for an 8”x10” driver card) with a self-addressed stamped envelope for its return to your address.
      Chase Elliott Autograph Request
      P.O. Box 1948
      Dawsonville, GA 30534

      Thanks for being a fan!

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