For just the fourth time in 13 races this season, Chase Elliott finished outside the top 10 as a blown left-rear tire with 70 laps to go doomed him to a 29th place finish in the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Just as he had moved back into the top five for the third time in the race, Elliott spun out rapidly and managed to avoid collisions on the way down to the grass.
By the time he had come to a full stop, the entire carcass of the tire had blown away and his day was effectively over.
Before all of that, Elliott had put together a performance that reflected the back-and-forth shuffling of the middle of the pack at Kansas.
Starting the race in fourteenth position, Elliott gradually moved up and made some moves late in Stage One. He gained seven positions in the last 20 laps of the opening stage to finish in third position.
After falling back toward where he began the day, Elliott made another rally up the leaderboard, briefly leading the race around a couple of caution sequences before finishing Stage Two in fifth position. With around 100 of the 267 laps to go, Elliott was in decent shape.
For the next 30 laps, Elliott would sustain his position until a sudden slowdown precluded the spin out. Just before the 200-lap mark, his speed decreased significantly and was passed by.
Soon after, his tire blew off and he spun around into the grass.
Despite the final positioning, Elliott managed to pick up valuable points through his stage positioning and brief 10-lap spell in the lead.
After the Kansas race, Elliott now sits at 475 points, 52 ahead of Ryan Blaney and 58 ahead of Kyle Busch.