One playoff contender's day ended early at the Brickyard 400

Chase Elliott's day at the Brickyard 400 came to an end before the end of Stage 1 due to engine failure.

Elliott was heard saying it felt like he was "down a cylinder" early in Stage 1, and his team was able to work on the car during a competition caution.

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But Elliott's engine troubles persisted, and smoke appeared from his No. 24 car a few laps later.

According to NBC, this was the first time in Elliott's career that he had engine failure.

Elliott said he's been racing with Hendrick Motorsports engines since 2013, and this is the first time he's had an engine issues.

Elliott is still in good shape for the playoffs despite not having a win. He is currently No. 6 in the standings, but he is far from a lock to reach the postseason.