NASCAR, Nationwide Series, NAPA AUTO PARTS, Charlotte, 2014

Rough day for Chase Elliott at Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C. (May 24, 2014) – Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, finished 37th after a mid-race incident in Saturday’s History 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  It resulted in Elliott falling to third place in the series point standings.  He is now 28 points behind JR Motorsports teammate and new leader Regan Smith and 23 points behind second-place Elliott Sadler.

Charlotte-001Starting ninth, Elliott battled a tight race car early, which required attention from the crew to help remedy the handling problem.  Elliott’s inability to turn the car through the corners was most evident in turns three and four, the crucial turns that help propel the car down the tricky front stretch.  When the first caution fell on lap 25, crew chief Greg Ives made an air pressure and chassis adjustment to help give the NAPA machine a little more handling.

The turning point – and an unfortunate one for Elliott – came on lap 88 when a parts failure occurred in the right front suspension, jarring the race car directly into the wall.  The damage sustained in the impact was extensive enough to send the NAPA 9 into the garage for repairs.  The team worked diligently for 26 laps to repair the car and get Elliott back to salvage all remaining points possible.

GarageKyle Larson won the race to score his second victory of the season.  Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Brian Scott rounded out the top-five.  Smith finished seventh, which was good enough to take the points lead away from Elliott.

Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott

“Well, that was not the finish our NAPA AUTO PARTS team was looking for today at Charlotte.  We had a parts failure that cost us big time.  Honestly, the issue started out in qualifying and eventually hurt us when it counted.  I can tell you one thing, we have some work to do before heading to Dover next week.  Anything short of winning is just not good enough.  This team can get the job done, so we’ll prepare to rebound next weekend.”

Intro2014 NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVER POINTS

1. Regan Smith…………………………………… 414
2. Elliott Sadler……………………………………… -5
3. Chase Elliott……………………………………. -28
4. Trevor Bayne…………………………………… -35
5. Ty Dillon………………………………………….. -36
6. Brian Scott………………………………………. -60
7. Brendan Gaughan………………………….. -105
8. James Buescher…………………………….. -111
9. Chris Buescher……………………………….. -119
10. Dylan Kwasniewski……………………….. -129

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24 May 2014--Chase Elliott during the History 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

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