A turbulent and exhausting start to NASCAR’s 12th tour in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AFP) – Chase Elliott was the lead in Texas when a right-rear tire problem led to tough wall contact and a fiery finish to his day, propelling him off the top of the qualifying standings.

After warning lights went on when another car in front had tire problems, Denny Hamlin roared into the field’s turf after a retaliatory shock from behind by fellow playoff opponent William Byron that NASCAR hadn’t seen initially — or sanctioned yet.

Even Christopher Bell, who like Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate did so well in the first round of qualifying, failed to finish his course at home after the time for his crew to finish repairs to his damaged car ran out after sending in a second tire problem. him in the wall.

Despite all the angst the rival teams have already expressed about Talladega Superspeedway and Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this three-race portion of qualifying, the 334 laps at the 1/2-mile Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday provided plenty of disturbances. You start in round 12.

“Just a crazy race for everyone,” said race runner-up Joey Lugano, who took the points lead. “You just cross your fingers, say a few prayers, I hope it’s not your turn when the tire goes off.”

All of the tire issues contributed to 16 warnings (for 91 laps) – 12 of them for individual car crashes, plus the standard yellow at the end of each of the two race stages. There was also a 56-minute red flag for lightning, and a record change of 36 out of 19 drivers.

Lugano was concerned about the vibration in the right rear of his car during the closing laps. He finished the race 1.19 seconds behind Tyler Riddick, whose Richard Childress race victory came a week after he was eliminated from the title race when the field was cut from 16 to 12 drivers.

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