Tire Issues Plague Chase Elliott in Hollywood Casino 400by Kyle Pokrefky October 16, 2016 0 comments
KANSAS CITY — A potential race-winning run was hamstringed by multiple left rear tire failures for Chase driver Chase Elliott in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.
Leading with 100 laps to go during a late pit cycle, shortly after returning to the track Elliott’s No. 24 Sun Energy 1 Chevrolet began to billow smoke out of its left rear quarter panel from apparent contact between the fender and the tire.
Another cut left rear tire with less than 30 laps to go sent Elliott back to the pit lane for additional service on his car.
Speaking on pit road after the conclusion of the race, Elliott pointed to multiple culprits for his tire failures during the race.
“It was two different things,” Elliott said. “I think the left rear was a matter of getting up on the race track there – I think I may have hit the banking too hard and kinked the fender a little bit.
“The other one we got the wall a couple of times trying to get back up to the front and I thought we had it pulled out, but it’s hard to tell until you get going. It could have been worse I guess, but it’s definitely unfortunate.”
The 31st-place result for Elliott leaves the rookie in the 12th position in the standings heading into Talladega Superspeedway – placing him dead last in the Chase standings.
Sitting 26 points outside of a transfer position into the Chase’s Round of 8, the approach for Elliott entering Talladega is simple – win and he’s in.
“The biggest thing is the unfortunate side of how we’ve been running these past two weeks,” Elliott said. “To have stuff the way it has, some of the stuff you can control, some of it you can’t. It’s just one of those deals unfortunately and we were on the short end of the stick…
“It’s unfortunate that you get caught up in stuff. I feel like we had a really good car, I feel like we had something to compete with today. That’s something to be proud of. We’ve just got to go to Talladega and hope for the best.”
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