“What’s the points look like,” Kyle Larson asked his crew after he was involved in the Lap 105 accident that put several playoff contenders’ seasons in jeopardy.
“Doesn’t look real hot for the points, so let’s just get it fixed and we’ll sort it out,” Chad Johnston replied.
Once the race got restarted, Aric Almirola passed Daniel Suarez to gain one point and drop Larson below the cutline.
“What’s it look like now?” Larson asked.
‘We’re out,” Johnston answered.
Fate had different plans. Jeffrey Earnhardt was spun by Daniel Hemric in Turn 17 on the last lap – and a potential point lay ahead of Larson.
“Keep coming, Keep coming, the 96 wrecked,” Larson was informed on the radio. “Keep coming. Hustle it, hustle it, hustle it. Gotta beat this 96.”
“Did we make it?” Larson asked after bouncing off the wall twice in his run to the checkers.
“Yeah. We’re tied – a three-way tie there. We should get the tie-breaker, so we should make it,” Johnston told him.
Here are some of this week’s highlights:
“I creamed the wall. It was either that or knock the front end off of it. I chose the wall.” – Aric Almirola after avoiding contact with William Byron.
“What the [expletive] are teammates even for?” – Erik Jones after being hit from behind by Denny Hamlin
“Flat tire, bring it to me.” Chris Gayle, Jones’ crew chief
“That was some serious bull [expletive] that happened in Turn 1. That needs to be addressed on Monday.” – Jones
“We’ll address that then. Right now, the race isn’t over yet.” – Gayle
“I did not hit anything hard, then the 43 plowed into the back of me like he’s done all weekend.” – Almirola
“Hope you wreck the son of a [expletive]” – Martin Truex Jr.’s spotter after the last lap contact from Johnson
“78’s coming pretty hard man, in your mirror. He’s gonna crash you.” – Johnson’s spotter
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