Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Elliott's Hopes End Early

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Elliott's Hopes End Early

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Chase Elliott started the Daytona 500 from the pole but his hopes of winning the race ended on lap 20.

Elliott spun coming out of Turn 4in an incident that wound up also involving Regan Smith, who also slid off track. Elliott's car went for a long slide on the paved area inside the track before he made contact with the infield grass, which caused significant damage to his NAPA Chevrolet.

"I'm not sure, just got turned around there off of four," Elliott explained. "Got in the middle and got loose. Lost it and spun out. I hate it for everybody at less than 20 laps in and have something dumb like that happen. I apologize to my guys."

Elliott, who was the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 pole last week when he turned the trick at age 20, was unclear whether or not handling issues were the root of his spin. …

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