Nascar’s 12 rounds in Texas are a chaotic, exhausting start

Nascar’s 12 rounds in Texas are a chaotic, exhausting start

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Chase Elliott was leading in Texas when a right rear tire problem, hard contact with the wall and a fiery finish to the day, knocked him from the top of the race standings.

After the caution light came on when another front-runner had a tire problem, Denny Hamlin spun onto the infield grass in retaliation for a rear-end collision by fellow competitor William Byron that NASCAR didn’t initially see — or yet penalize.

Even Christopher Bell, who had been excellent in the first round of playoffs as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin, was unable to finish on his home track after a second tire problem sent the crew running out of time to complete repairs on his damaged car. him to the wall.

Concerns expressed by rival teams about Talladega Superspeedway and Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway this three-race season have provided plenty of buzz for Sunday’s 334 laps at the 1 1/2-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Start to round 12.

“It’s just crazy for everybody,” said race runner Joey Logano, who took over the points lead. “Cross your fingers, say a few prayers, I hope it’s not your turn when the tire blows.

All the tire issues contributed to a track record 16 cautions (for 91 laps) – 12 of those for single-car crashes and standard yellows at the end of each race. There was also a 56-minute red flag for Lightning, and a record 36 lead changes between 19 drivers.

Logano was concerned about vibration in the right rear of the car in the closing laps. He finished 1.19 seconds behind Tyler Reddick, a win for Richard Childress Racing that dropped from 16 to 12 drivers a week after he was eliminated from title contention.


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