Early Exit for Elliott, Keselowski

May 28, 2017 | Professional Writing

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CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski each had an early exit in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway following a crash.

As a pack of cars including Elliott and Keselowski were working through Turn 4 at Charlotte, Jeffrey Earnhardt had a mechanical problem which caused him to slow on the front stretch.

As Elliott approached Earnhardt, pieces off of Earnhardt’s No. 33 machine began to fly off and Elliott ran over some of the debris causing him to drop oil on the track. Keselowski was unable to avoid Elliott and slammed in the rear of his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, nearly collecting defending Coca-Cola 600 winner Martin Truex Jr. in the process.

“The No. 33 car broke something ahead of me and ended up hitting it,” Elliott said. “I hit it pretty hard. I knew it had hurt our nose at least, then I saw some flames and figured we were laying down oil too.

“Brad couldn’t get stopped and ended up kind of finishing us off. This is so disappointing. We were going to be all right as the night wen along. We’ll just go after it again next week.”

Keselowski had a similar viewpoint of what happened.

“Somebody broke and there was just oil everywhere and I couldn’t turn,” Keselowski said. “I ran into the back of Chase. Somebody broke in front of him and then he ran over what they broke and then he broke, so there were two cars broke in front of me and just oil everywhere.”

“It’s a real bummer for our team. We had a really fast Miller Lite Ford and I think we had a shot at winning tonight, but that’s how it goes.”

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