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Cut tire ends Chase Elliott’s day early at ISM Raceway

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTOCARE CENTER CAMARO ZL1

IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU ARE OK, AT LEAST PHYSICALLY, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT EMOTIONALLY. EVERYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG FOR YOU DURING THIS PLAYOFF ROUND DID. HOW TOUGH IS THIS ONE TO SWOLLOW?
“Yeah, it’s just a continuation of our first two weeks, unfortunately. I hate it for our NAPA group. We had a decent NAPA Chevy today. It was really tough in traffic to catch guys and then pass and whatnot. But, I feel like we were in a good position to run solid. I’m not sure why we had a tire go down. I think that’s what happened, at least; it seemed like it. It’s unfortunate. Like I said, these last three weeks have been pretty rough. So, hopefully Homestead goes better and we can get prepared good for next season and get a good notebook for next year.”

CAN YOU GIVE US SOME INSIGHT OF THE RACE? IT SEEMED LIKE TRACK POSITION WAS KEY TODAY.
“It certainly seemed that way. You’re racing really hard and it’s like slow motion. It’s just hard to make a lot happen in a little amount of time. You really just have to think about what’s coming and where lapped cars ahead of you are running and where the person in front of you is running if you’re better than he. It’s definitely tough. It was a tough race to that point. I enjoyed racing there towards the end of that stage. I thought we were racing hard. You never want to have a round go like that.”

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