Chase Elliott was heading toward a good finish in Sunday’s Cup Series race in Nashville. Then the wheels almost went off. It cost him a lot of time after the race. Elliott was disqualified after NASCAR inspectors determined that five nuts on Vehicle #9 were loose. It was not clear how many tires were affected. He was dropped from 13th to last, which was Sunday’s 39th. The Cup Series champion lost all but one of his race points, and the fact that Elliott won the first stage made the penalty even tougher. Lost 10 extra points and 1 break point to win the stage. Stage 1 runner-up Kurt Busch earned those points. “The nuts on the No. 9 were loose at the end of the race. At the end of the race, Chase shook,” said Chad Knaus, vice president of competition at Hendrick Motorsports, in a statement. ). “There were quite a few tire issues throughout the day, so they were hoping it was just a wire or something in the tire that was causing the vibration, so they chose to run the race. Too bad the lug nuts vibrated loose in the rear left and we are now We’re sitting here with the ninth team left out.” Elliott later wondered on Twitter how many points he would have scored if a wheel went off during the race and the ninth car crashed. NASCAR will determine what other penalties the nine crew members will receive. NASCAR.com notes that the penalty for many loose lug nuts is generally a fine and the crew chief is suspended. Alan Gustafson is Elliot’s crew chief, and Elliot’s teammate Kyle Larson won the race, his fourth consecutive All-Star race win. As for Hendrik’s other drivers, William Byron was third and Alex Bowman 14th.