Chase Elliott held his shoulder gingerly after a crash ended his race Sunday at Las Vegas.
On lap 211, Jamie McMurray had a right rear tire issue that forced him into the wall in Turn 4 in front of Elliott, who tangled with the left side of McMurray’s car before hitting the wall himself.
Elliott complained of shoulder pain but was evaluated and released from the infield care center.
“I guess it just got caught in the wheel,” Elliott said. “But it popped really big and then I kind of got stopped and got to messing with it and it popped really big again. So, all good now and we’ll try to rebound next week. We had a really good car today and yeah, almost, just barely clipped [Jamie McMurray]. I just hate it. So many guys fell out today. I feel like half the top 16 has crashed. So, we’ve just got to finish, I guess.”
Elliott was credited with a 36th-place finish. He’s now 14th of the 16 drivers in the playoffs.
McMurray said he had no warning a tire might be going down.
“There was no smoke inside the car and the spotter said that he couldn’t see any smoke,” he explained. “So, typically it will run a while. But yeah, I’m assuming that the right rear tire must have rubbed a hole in it, and I don’t know why I chose to run the bottom on that lap. I wish I had stayed against the wall. But sometimes those look big but it actually didn’t hurt that bad.
“It was a big day for Gearwrench. They actually gave away a new Camaro to a customer. We’ve had a great week. I had a good car. I’ve had a good car for the last three weeks, so that’s unfortunate.”