Chase Elliott is hoping to flip the script before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs in September.
That flip did not come on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
Elliott cut a tire crashed in Turn 3 on Lap 85 during the second stage of the Gander RV 400, marking the seventh-consecutive race that Elliott has finished outside of the top-10. He finished 38th and last on the rundown.
The drop-off in results started on June 10 at Michigan, with an 11th at Chicagoland marking his best result since that span. He has suffered engine failures, crashing an sporadic performance.
Fortunately for Elliott, he has won already at Talledega Superspeedway in April, and is already locked-into the playoffs with seven playoff points.
Elliott’s weekend was generally frustrating as he started Sunday’s race in a back-up car after crashing in Turn 1 of Saturday’s practice session at the ‘Tricky Triangle.’
“It hasn’t been our month and a half,” Elliott said. “It happens. Yesterday shouldn’t have happened. Today, I guess today was really just a result of yesterday. When you go to a backup car, and you’re fighting through problems and trying to make the thing drive better, you might overwork a corner or whatever. Really what it comes down to is shouldn’t have crashed yesterday and then wouldn’t be driving this car today.
“Bottom line is, don’t crash on Saturday.”
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