Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott have forgettable Daytona 500 finishes

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, has an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, has an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 21: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, has an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH FL – Both drivers were no doubt expecting different finishes than what they got Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Veteran and two time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed a shoo-in for a third Daytona 500 win and young Chase Elliott was hoping for a good finish in his first race as he tries to fill the shoes of a legendary driver.

Both drivers saw their respective days end with finishes that left many wondering what had happened. Earnhardt was scored with a DNF in 36th, place while Elliott finished one spot behind, 37th, 40 laps down.

For young Elliott the week started with much promise. In his first race in the iconic No. 24  car, Elliott won his first pole last Sunday. Then Saturday, Elliott scored his first Daytona win racing to victory in the XFINITY series race at Daytona.

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