A restart miscue preceding a pit road mistake doomed Jeff Gordon’s chances in the All Star race. Gordon started 12th and moved to 9th on lap 20 after the field became strung out around the track. The field pitted on lap 25 with Gordon holding 9th place through the sequence. He dropped back to 10th on lap 38 when Matt Kenseth passed, but re-took 9th with a pass on Mark Martin on lap 43. During the break, Gordon pitted for four tires. In the second segment, Gordon moved to 7th in the opening laps and took 6th when Kasey Kahne wrecked in turn 1. Gordon moved into the top-5 toward the end of the second segment. He restarted in 3rd to begin the third segment. On the opening lap, Gordon took 2nd from Carl Edwards. Regan Smith’s spin slowed the field and Gordon restarted on the outside of Kyle Busch. Gordon got a poor restart and dropped to 6th where he finished the segment. A break to work on the cars preceded a four-tire pit stop. Gordon came off pit road in 15th position for the restart after a slow pit stop. He ran the final 10 lap segment relatively conservatively and finished the event in 15th. Gordon hasn’t posted a top-10 finish in the All-Star race since 2006.
Road ahead: The event was held under the same conditions as the second half of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 28, thus providing an ideal window for a test session. Gordon’s team has struggled on the 1.5-mile tracks in 2011, but the performance at the All-Star event shows they may have turned the corner toward improvement.
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