Chase Elliott had a bad reversal of fortunes in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Dover International Speedway. Elliott’s race saw an unfortunate end to his day during the second race of the doubleheader weekend, after just six laps. Elliott made strong contact with Kyle Busch that caused heavy damage to his car.
Multiple cars were involved in the incident that started with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. going for a spin and hitting the wall after contact with Joey Logano off Turn 4.
Behind them, Chase Elliott made contact with Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Elliott’s car hit the rear bumper of Busch’s car, and the front of the No. 9 saw a huge amount of damage. Elliott finished in 39th place, as a result.
The massive cluster of cars in that series of incidents collected Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley as well. Gase in the No. 51 Ford and Smithley in the No. 7 Chevrolet, both spun and hit the wall. The impact on Gase seemed more and his car suffered heavy damage as well.
The initial crash dealt a substantial amount of damage to Stenhouse Jr’s car. He finished the race just two places above Elliott in 37th place. Meanwhile, Gase was last (40th) as his race ended early as well. Smithley finished in 35th place.
Chase Elliott started the race in 16th place, as the top 20 drivers from Saturday’s race started in an inverted position. Elliott finished 5th in the first of the two races this weekend.
Kyle Busch finished 11th after starting the race in 18th. He was forced to visit the pit area for repairs during the race, on multiple occasions.
On Saturday, Kurt Busch saw his race end after just six laps, as he made contact with Erik Jones that sent him into the wall.