Tumultuous, tiring start to NASCAR's round of 12 at Texas
Chase Elliott was leading at Texas when a right rear tire issue led to hard contact with the wall and a fiery finish to his day.
Even Christopher Bell, who like his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin was so good in the first round of the playoffs, failed to finish at his home track after his crew ran out of time to finish repairs on his damaged car after a second tire issue sent him into the wall.
For all the concern that contending teams had already expressed about Talladega Superspeedway and the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this three-race segment of the playoffs, the 334 laps at the 1 1/2-mile Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday provided quite a tumultuous start to the round of 12.
“Just a crazy race for everybody,” said race runner-up Joey Logano, who took over the points lead. “You just cross your fingers, say a few prayers, hope it's not your turn when the tire blows out.”