Dale Earnhardt Jr. was uninjured in practice Friday for the Bank of America 500 when his No. 88 Chevrolet went into the wall on the fourth turn at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the auto was damaged badly enough that he'll will make his last start at the track in a backup vehicle, according to multiple reports. It was Johnson who got to Elliott's auto first at Dover to give Elliott a chance to calm down before facing television cameras.
Sure, other teams like Hendrick Motorsports flexed their muscle during the first round. He crashed about 45 laps into the race and his auto caught fire, ending his afternoon before it ever began. "It just made it so much more impactful". Like nine out of 10 times, Chase ran the exact right line.
"Any time you go through things, it's always supposed to be a character building moment and trying to help you become stronger, better and more ready for what can come at you in the future", he said. Ultimately Larson fell back and Truex pulled ahead, where he went on to win the race in overtime.
The runner-up finish was Elliott's second in a row.
"We're done, I'm sorry boys", Allgaier said over his team radio. "But he's learning how to deal with it and go on". It hasn't been easy for Kyle Larson, either.
Bowman will replace Earnhardt next year in the No. 88 Chevrolet in the Cup series. With a win on Sunday, Busch will become the first driver to boast a checkered flag at every active Cup track. Jimmie Johnson and Elliott finished inside the top 5 at Dover while Kevin Harvick appeared to flash speed at Chicagoland.
Keselowski and Team Penske teammate Joey Logano, who's listed at +900, have combined to capture four of the last eight restrictor-plate races. He also finished seventh at Charlotte in the summer, so he knows how to get around this track, and he also knows that he has to raise the bar a little bit in order to make some noise in the championship. "But he'll win, and when he wins one, he's going to win a lot". As I mentioned at the start of the playoffs, each driver who has gained a "Playoff Point" throughout the season and the first round will carry those over through this round and next. He returned to the race to take an 27th-place finish. The number change is part of a restructuring of the Hendrick lineup and puts Elliott in the No. 9, a auto number associated with his father. In 13 seasons of Cup racing, Hamlin has won at least one pole per year, with the exception of 2011.
"Track position is obviously important - track position, restarts, pit stops, strategy, all that stuff", Kenseth said.
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