Keselowski, Elliott collide in fiery crash early in Coca-Cola 600

Two Coca-Cola 600 contenders bow out early after massive crash

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Brad Keselowski runs into the back of Chase Elliott during Lap 21 of the Coca-Cola 600.

CHARLOTTE — On a day where there was no shortage of huge wrecks in every notable race from Monaco to Indianapolis, the NASCAR race in Charlotte didn’t disappoint.After Jeffrey Earnhardt experienced issues that led to oil and a part dumping on the track, Chase Elliott appeared to run over it and his car caught fire. Brad Keselowski attempted to brake and steer clear of Elliott’s No. 24 car, but couldn’t do either due to the oil on the track.What happened next was a massive collision that left both cars mangled.”Somebody broke and there was just oil everywhere and I couldn’t turn,” Keselowski said. “I ran into the back of Chase. Somebody broke in front of him and then he ran over what they broke and then he broke, so there were two cars broke in front of me and just oil everywhere. You couldn’t stop and turn. You couldn’t do anything. “It’s a real bummer for our team. We had a really fast Miller Lite Ford and I think we had a shot at winning tonight, but that’s how it goes.”Both Elliott (second) and Keselowski (10th) qualified inside the top 10 and were battling up near the front while Earnhardt was in danger of going a lap down. Unfortunately, it would cost the two contenders just 21 laps into a 400-lap race and sent all three to the bottom of the leaderboard.Keselowski and Elliott came into the week at third and fourth in the points standings, respectively. The No. 2 team might have a shot at staying inside the top three with a 54-point lead over Jamie McMurray in fifth, Elliott could drop another spot after sitting at second in the points a few weeks ago.”It was a bummer. I hate it,” Elliott said. “I don’t really know what you do about stuff like that. Just move on. … Man, it is so just ridiculous. I wish I knew what to do to try to fix things like that, but at the end of the day you really can’t.”