Jeff Gordon And Clint Bowyer Crash In The Garage At New Hampshire Motor Speedwayby Hunter Thomas July 18, 2015 0 comments
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LOUDON, N.H. – During second practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer made heavy contact while in the garage area.
As Jeff Gordon was backing out of his garage stall, Clint Bowyer who couldn’t stop in time, made contact with Gordon’s right rear. The contact actually caused significant body damage to the No. 24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet SS, while Bowyer’s No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry sustained minimal damage. Jeff Gordon finished out the session in 21st after running only 13 laps. Clint Bowyer finished 16th with 32 laps of track time.
“Hopefully all this hard work and stuff we’re going through will pay off tomorrow,” Gordon said. “We’ve got a pit cart over there that kind of blocks what you can see of the back of my car backing out there. The guy that backs me out looked over, guess he was just starting to back me out; and I crept out there and he cleared me, but the No. 15 (Bowyer), probably couldn’t really see me because of that pit cart and I don’t know if he kind of glanced away or what, but when he looked back, I was just right there and couldn’t go anywhere. It’s kind of a combination of, I guess, both of us could take fault in that.”
In final practice on Saturday, Jeff Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports team continued to struggle as they clocked only the 22nd fastest time. The team repaired the car, but the accident certainly hindered their efforts in preparing for the final round. Following the session, Gordon mentioned that the team was moving in the right direction for Sunday’s race.
“But our team did an amazing job of fixing quite a bit of damage (to the right rear),” Gordon said. “I love seeing my crew chief (Alan Gustafson) get in there and get dirty, but not for that reason. And, that practice went a little bit better than the other one. So, we’re gaining on it.”
As for Clint Bowyer, he jumped up to sixth in final practice after clocking a lap of 28.861 seconds at 131.970 mph. The lap was only .247 seconds off of the fastest, set by Joe Gibbs Racing’s, Carl Edwards.
On Sunday, both Bowyer and Gordon will start the race mired deep into the field. Bowyer will roll of in 18th, while Gordon will start 23rd.
The 5-hour ENERGY 301 will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 1:30 p.m. ET