Chase Elliott achieved good results in the Cup series in Nashville on Sunday. Then the wheel almost fell off.
This made him lose a lot of time after the game.
After NASCAR inspectors ruled that the five lug nuts on the #9 car were loose, Elliott was disqualified. It is not clear how many tires were affected. He fell from 13th to the last, and was 39th on Sunday. The defending Cup Series champion lost all points other than the one he earned in the game.
The fact that Elliott won the first stage made the penalty more severe. He lost 10 bonus points and 1 playoff point for stage victory. Kurt Busch, the runner-up in the first stage, won these points.
Elliott radioed his team in the last few laps to tell his team that he felt the shock, but the team chose to keep Elliott on the track instead of the pit.
“At the end of the race, the nut on car #9 was loose. At the end of the race, Chase experienced vibrations,” said Chad Knaus, vice president of Hendrick Motorsport in a statement (According to Jayski.com). “There were a lot of tire problems throughout the day, so they hoped that only a rope or something in the tire was causing the vibration, so they chose to let the game end. Unfortunately, the wheel nut vibrated and the left rear became loose. Now we are sitting here. , 9 teams were disqualified.”
Elliott later tweeted how many points he would collect if the wheel fell off during the race and the number 9 car crashed.
NASCAR will determine what other sanctions will be imposed on the nine crew members. NASCAR.com states The penalty for multiple loose lug nuts is usually a fine and the captain is suspended. Alan Gustafson is a crew member of Elliott.
Elliott’s teammate Kyle Larson won the game, which was his fourth consecutive victory in the All-Star Game. As for the other Hendrick drivers, William Byron finished third and Alex Bowman finished 14th.