Rookie pole-sitter Chase Elliott saw his chance to win the Daytona 500 in his first attempt come to an early and disappointing end when he spun out on Lap 19.
Elliott’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet got loose in the middle of Turn 4 on Lap 19 and started to go around, tail first. After contact with Carl Edwards, who was on the low line, Elliott spun onto pit road and then into the tri-oval grass.
When Elliott hit the grass, it tore the splitter off his car, which got stuck in the infield. Elliott’s car had to be towed into the garage for lengthy repairs. It was not the afternoon the second-generation driver was hoping for and ended his chances of contending in his first 500 prematurely.
Asked what happened, Elliott said he didn’t know for certain.
"I’m not sure, just got turned around there off of four,” said Elliott. “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. We will try and get back out there I guess and make some laps."
After his Hendrick Motorsports crew made repairs, Elliott rejoined the race on Lap 59.