Wall Contact Results in 12th-Place Finish For Gordon in All-Star Race
Saturday night in the annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, contact with the Charlotte Motor Speedway wall damaged the No. 24 Cromax® Pro Chevrolet and Jeff Gordon's chances to battle for the win in the non-points event. The three-time race winner finished 12th while Jimmie Johnson won the race split into five segments of 20 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps.
Gordon, who qualified 10th, battled side-by-side with Denny Hamlin for three laps before taking control of the seventh position as segment 1 ended. He restarted from that position for segment 2 but was quickly overtaken by drivers who elected to stop for new tires during the break. When a caution waved on lap 24, Gordon hit pit road for new Goodyear rubber and returned to the track in 16th. When the segment ended, Gordon was scored 11th.
Segment 3 did not start out well for Gordon as a daring three-wide move trapped him behind the slowing No. 55 car driven by Mark Martin. After falling to 15th, Gordon recovered and was battling for 11th when he reported the contact with the turn 2 wall.
In between segments, Gordon stopped for four tires. But he was called back down pit road again by Alan Gustafson when the No. 24 crew chief learned the extent of the right-side damage. Repairs were made to the No. 24 Chevrolet SS but Gordon was forced to restart 21st.
In the final 20-lap segment, Gordon was able to gain nine positions. But a pit stop miscue during the break dropped Gordon to 15th place for the final restart. In the final 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag, the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was able to gain three positions.
"We battled a tight condition for much of the race," said Gordon. "And me getting into the wall certainly didn't help.
"But we had a good car, and we learned a lot ahead of next week's race."
Next Sunday night, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual 600-mile race. FOX and PRN Radio will broadcast the 6 p.m. EDT race live.
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