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Elliott Exits Dover Early

Chase Elliott exited the Drydene 400 at Dover Internatioal Speedway early with an engine issue and will be credited with a 38th-place finish.

Elliott, who won this event last season, started fifth but was forced to the garage on Lap 8.

"Yeah I just had an engine failure of some sort," Elliott said. "Unfortunately, we don’t really know what it was just yet. It just quit running. It didn’t really seem like anything was off. We were just kind of making laps and then obviously had a failure. It’s an unfortunate way to start this round for sure."

Dover marks the first race in the Round of 12 in the Playoffs and Elliott entered the race sixth in the points. He now heads to two more tracks where he’s won at – Talladega and Kansas.

"I assume we’ll have to win one of these next few weeks," Elliott said. "If you ever make it to Homestead, you’re going to have to win down there. I guess it’s a good opportunity to practice here these next few weeks."