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What happened to Chase Elliott at the Coca-Cola 600 2022?

Molly Young May 31, 2022
NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600
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American racecar star Chase Elliott competed in the 2022 Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday 29 May for 600 miles of mayhem.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver spun out for the ninth caution of the race, hitting the wall before spinning out over the grass at the annual NASCAR Cup Series.

Watch what happened to the sportsman following earlier advice from his crew chief that emphasised the importance of “taking care of your car” in the long North Carolina event.

Explore the aftermath of the incident and find out where Elliot was left on the scoreboard in the battle that took place during Memorial Day weekend.

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What happened to Chase Elliott at the Coca-Cola 600 2022?

26-year-old Chase Elliot started off strong Sunday evening at the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race that took place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After leading 86 laps earlier in the night, Elliott spun out for the ninth caution of the race. He hit the wall after trying to pass Daniel Suárez and then spun out over the grass.

Watch the NASCAR video showing Elliott getting loose and spinning while racing Suárez at Charlotte. A Twitter video shows his car scraping the wall.

@Hendrick9Team continued to post official updates from the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Hendrick Motorsports team during the event.

After the spin, the team tweeted: “Caution is out. Chase spun after making slight contact with the wall with the right rear.”

Turns three and four saw Elliot spin and fall back from third to 19, breaking a toe link after trying to slide job Suarez and hitting the wall.

Crew chief previously emphasised “taking care”

Prior to the race, the Georgia-born driver’s crew chief spoke about what it takes to run the longest race of the year at the Coca-Cola 600.

Sportskeeda reports that Alan Gustafson highlighted the preparations the team has gone through ahead of the 400-lap race and said:

“There’s not as much for us to prepare for with this new car than in years past. You’ve just got to make sure you’re taking care of your car because it is such a long race.”

The crew chief continued: “You’ve got to make good decisions, be around at the end and not get crashed.

“The field typically thins itself out with people making mistakes or having issues. We’ll see how it goes. Racing on Memorial Day weekend is always something I enjoy, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Aftermath of the incident

The 600-mile classic featured many multi-car wrecks and a long list of drivers who could not finish at Charlotte. Unfortunately, Elliott happened to be one of them.

After getting rolled up along the front stretch on lap 193, the number nine Chevrolet would sustain significant damage but attempted to move on.

However, the team could not complete repairs to Elliott’s car in time, and NASCAR retired his entry based on the damaged vehicle policy. It was his first DNF of the season, as per Fox Sports.

Following the incident, @Hendrick9Team tweeted that “Chase is on pit road and the team is working on repairs” before later announcing: “Unfortunately we’re done for the day.”

@chaseelliott9 shared the tweet via his Instagram story, accompanied by the caption suggesting he is “onto the next”.

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Screenshot: @chaseelliott9 Instagram story

Elliot ended up 33rd in 2022’s Coca-Cola 600. Denny Hamlin won the event, and the multiple overtimes made this the longest NASCAR race of all time.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.