There’s always the odd-man out, and this time, it’s Chase Elliott.
Elliott, coming off the most tumultuous week of his his young racing career, is the only playoff driver who isn’t starting in the top 10.
Kurt Busch has the poll, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones (not in the playoffs) and Kyle Busch. Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney, followed by Jimmie Johnson (also not in the playoffs) and Brad Keselowski.
What happened to Elliott?
He failed pre-qualifying tech three times, according to ESPN. That means he couldn’t turn a lap, and he has to start in the back of the pack — No. 34, to be exact.
Now, if he even had the slightest thought of retaliating against Hamlin for wrecking him at Martisnsville, that’s probably well on the back burner. The first order of business will be making up lost ground.