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USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Hembree previews the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Chase Elliott is interviewed earlier than the follow for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Chase Elliott completed his final race in 27th regardless of main late in Martinsville after he was spun out. 

On Sunday, Elliott will begin the AAA Texas 500 close to the rear in one other setback towards his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title hopes.

Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsport No. 24 Chevrolet did not clear inspection earlier than the tip of the primary qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, which is able to pressure him to start out 34th. 

“I think it’s doable,” Elliott mentioned in a tv interview when requested if he had an opportunity to compete for a win. 

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Elliott was certainly one of seven automobiles that didn’t clear technical inspection earlier than the primary of three qualifying rounds concluded, however he was the one driver among the many closing eight nonetheless eligible to compete for the championship to not make a qualify run. 

The No. 24 group tried tried to get the automotive although spec thrice. 

“”t’s sort of the state of the game.” crew chief Alan Gustafson told USA TODAY Sports. “(The automobiles) are fairly closely scrutinized. If you do not hit it proper, you do not make it.” 

Gustafson declined to state what a part of the automotive was flagged by NASCAR officers, who use a laser platform to clear automobiles earlier than qualifying and races. The group ran the automotive once more by spec about an hour after qualifying. 

“We will see Sunday,” Gustafson mentioned when requested if the issue had been addressed by the group. 

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