Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
The Glen Foils Gordon Again
By Stephanie Adair – Heading into last weekend, @JeffGordonWeb appeared to be a strong contender in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. In the past, he has accumulated four victories at the 2.45-mile road course and was looking for his first top-five at the facility since a win in 2001. Additionally, three weeks ago at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 4-time champion captured his second win of the season.
The 43-year old claimed the pole on Saturday at The Glen, beating out @MarcosAmbrose, @JimmieJohnson, and @KevinHarvick. Leading the field to green the following day, Gordon quickly took control and lengthened the gap between he and second place.
He led a total of 29 laps before fading back into the top-10. However, by the halfway mark, Gordon had made it back into the top-five and seemed poised to make a charge for the win by day’s end.
Soon those plans painfully faded as the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy suffered an electrical issue. The caution was brought out on Lap 52 and Gordon brought the slowing car to pit road for maintenance.
“I’m not exactly sure (what happened),” Gordon said. “I’ve got to get with the team and find out what caused it. It looks like we had a battery go dead; two batteries go dead. I didn’t see anything on the volts meter that stood out or anything really going on there that was alarming.
“Everything thing was going along really well. Our Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet was strong. I feel like we were in control there when we were out front. We got a little bit behind on the pit stop sequence, but we were coming back.”
Once everything was fixed, Gordon spent the remaining laps farther back in the field, he ultimately finished 35th. As a result, Gordon lost the point standings lead to his Hendrick Motorsports teammate @DaleJr. He now sits in second, five points from the top spot. Nevertheless, the driver remains positive about the unfortunate mechanical issue.
“I was just having a blast out there. It’s just great to be that competitive here at Watkins Glen again, and I would rather these things happen now so we can determine what caused it and make sure it doesn’t happen again because you can’t have those kinds of things happen once this Chase starts.”
With four races left until the Chase, the Sprint Cup Series will be heading to Michigan International Speedway next. While Gordon is officially locked in, four seats are yet to be determined for the playoffs.
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