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Chase Elliott Penalized, All-Star Format Set

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For the second time this season, Chase Elliott has been penalized and now crew chief Alan Gustafson has paid the price for two races and $50,000. The penalty was the same issue with Kevin Harvick where his support bracket on his rear windshield collapsed and cost him seven playoff points at Las Vegas. Ironically, Elliott was the one who spotted Harvick’s car on that day and it appears that the roles have been reversed so to speak and this is what it cost him.

Elliott finished 11th at Texas on Sunday which had him at 15th and in playoff contention. Now that he is docked 20 driver points, Elliott has dropped to 18th and 188 points out of the lead. He has only three top tens this season as Hendrick is still looking for their first win in 2018. For the previous 2018 penalty, his car chief was suspended two races for a suspension violation last month, which led to Gustafson being benched. Kenny Francis will serve as interim crew chief.

As for the All-Star Race in Charlotte, the latest format was released and it looks pretty simple with a few exceptions. The race is still for $1 million and split into four stages – 30,20,20 and 10 totaling 80 laps. Only green flags laps will count and all cars will use restrictor plates, which is common at superspeedways like Daytona and Talladega. Restrictor plates slow down speed and horsepower and with this being an exhibition race will be tested for the first time in Charlotte.

It was the same aero package that was tested in the Xfinity race in Indianapolis last season, which was said to have yielded positive results. There were record numbers in lead changes, leaders and green flag passes and with a restrictor plate intact, a car cannot go any faster than roughly 200 MPH. This looks to be an intriguing race to see with plates intact.

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