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No Indianapolis Fairy Tale Ending for Jeff Gordon

No Indianapolis Fairy Tale Ending for Jeff Gordon

by July 26, 2015 0 comments

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Jeff Gordon’s bid for his sixth Brickyard 400 victory in his final start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was thwarted one-quarter of the way into this year’s event after crashing into the Turn 4 wall on Lap 50.

Getting into the outside wall after working to getting around a spinning Clint Bowyer, Gordon’s wounded No. 24 3M Chevrolet was ordered to pit road by crew chief Alan Gustafson to repair the fenders of the machine.

Returning to the track in time for the restart while several laps down, Gordon continued to click off laps that were off the pace with NASCAR warning the driver to pick his pace up multiple times.

Gordon ultimately brought the No. 24 car behind the wall after completing 66 laps for his crew to continue repairs.

A hometown race for the native of Pittsboro, Ind.; Gordon had five previous wins at Indianapolis to his credit with his first coming in the inaugural running of the event in 1994 and his most recent coming last year.

The four-time Sprint Cup champion received a roar of applause in front of his hometown crowd prior to his final Sprint Cup race in the state of Indiana. Earlier in the week, the town of Pittsboro honored Gordon with a parade and a ceremony that were both a part of ‘Jeff Gordon Day.’

Entering this week’s race, Gordon held the 12th Chase seed and was safely in such a position by 71 points.

Gordon officially came home in the 42nd-place and called his day ‘unfortunate.’

“Today was an unfortunate day,” Gordon said. “It seems like in recent years it’s been kind of feast or famine for us here. But I tell you what, from the first time I came here all the way through last year and even this year the fans have been amazing, the experiences have been amazing, the wins.

“Everything has been incredible and I feel so fortunate to have just gotten an opportunity to race here. Certainly to have five wins here is just unbelievable as well.”

Even with his finish towards the bottom of the finishing order, Gordon’s fans gave their hero a loud chant of ‘Jeff’ as he exited his vehicle, which the five-time Brickyard champion acknowledged with a wave.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images

 

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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