Factors chief Chase Elliott wrecks out of playoff opener
Elliott entered the postseason because the championship chief within the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and he’ll want all 40 of these bonus factors now.
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Collection champion will end thirty sixth (final place) at Darlington.
Within the remaining moments of the primary stage, he misplaced management and spun. The spin collected fellow playoff driver Chase Briscoe, damaging each vehicles. Whereas Briscoe was in a position to proceed, Elliott was not, operating out of time on the Broken Car Coverage (DVP) clock.
It will likely be Elliott’s third DNF of the 2022 season, and second consecutive after crashing at Daytona final weekend.
“I don’t assume anyone is secure at any cut-off date,” Elliott stated of the playoffs throughout Media Day forward of Sunday’s race. “It’s important to respect this format from Week One all the way in which to Week 10. I don’t assume there may be ever a time period the place it’s best to assume something is taken without any consideration.”
His teammate Kyle Larson had points as nicely, coping with mechanical gremlins. He’s nonetheless within the race, however three laps down.