Elliott, Jones Forced to Backup Cars
April 7, 2017 | 3:00 P.M. EST
Jones' heavily damaged Toyota gets towed to the garage. (Photo: Getty Images)
Chase Elliott and Erik Jones will go to backup cars after separate incidents in the opening practice session for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The practice session was the first on-track time for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams on the new racing surface at TMS, which includes a new configuration in Turns 1 and 2.
Elliott hit the wall after completing 39 laps.
“Just got out of the groove there off (Turn) 2 and got too high and got the wall," Elliott said. "Then had too much wheel in it going the other way, so just a mistake on my end. I hate it. I thought our car was pretty good, so hopefully this one will be just as good if not better.”
Jones ended the session fourth quick, but made hard impact with the wall coming out of Turn 4.
The practice session started with a spin early by Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch also hits the wall, but the team opted to make repairs to the right rear of his Toyota instead of bringing out the backup.
Ryan Blaney topped the session with a lap of 194.182 mph.