Chase Elliott’s second half of the Dover NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader didn’t go as planned for the Hendrick Motorsports driver as damage to the front of his No. 9 Chevrolet ended his day just six laps in.
When Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tangled off Turn 4, Elliott made contact with the rear bumper of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch as the pack stacked up. That contact left a sizable amount of damage to Elliott’s vehicle.
Elliott had started the race from the 16th position due to the invert of the top-20 finishers from Saturday’s race. Busch had to make several trips down pit road for repairs after starting 18th in the race. Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley also wrecked behind the initial melee.
Elliott, a two-time winner in 2020, finished fifth in Saturday’s Dover race after starting from the pole position. He will finish Sunday’s race in 39th.