Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott suffer playoff blows in 12-car Charlotte wreck
The Chase for the Sprint Cup chances of young drivers Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon took severe blows in Sunday's rain-delayed Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when they got caught in the middle of a 12-car wreck on a late restart
It brought out a red flag for extensive track cleanup.
Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, appeared to be getting a push from behind by the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. on the restart when things went wildly awry. Shortly thereafter, Dillon spun off and slammed into the inside wall while the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch clipped the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy of Elliott from behind, sending Elliott hard into the outside wall.
Like Dillon and Elliott, Truex and Kyle Busch are still alive in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs. Also involved in the incident were Chasers Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.
"I'm all good," Elliott said. "I guess the 3 (of Dillon) spun his tires. Then the 78 (of Truex) was trying to push him and got him out of shape. ... It definitely was devastating. They gave me a good car today. I hate that we weren't able to get the result that we should have out of it."
Dillon, however, said that he didn't think he spun his tires.
"I thought I got into third gear pretty clean," he said. "I'm fine. It just sucks. We'll have to work real hard to get these points back (in the Chase) the next two weeks."