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Video: Chase Elliott’s Car Suffers Major Engine Failure, Catches Fire in Opening Practice

It’s a less than ideal start to the weekend for NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Chase Elliott at Martinsville Speedway.

In the first moments of opening Cup Series practice, Elliott’s No. 9 Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 suffered a catastrophic engine failure and caught fire.

Elliott was able to escape the car, but his primary motor is done for, which means he will start Sunday’s race from the rear. Elliott snagged the final place in the Playoff Round of 8 with a second-place finish last week at Kansas.

This is the second blown motor for Elliott in the last four weeks. He blew an engine after running just eight laps in the race at Dover four weeks ago.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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