In the span of 30 laps, Jeff Gordon’s season effectively came crumbling apart due to a blown engine. Gordon ran in the top-5 for most of the event at Kansas Speedway, but was shuffled to 14th on a late race restart. He began smelling smoke in the car and pulled to pit road with a blown engine 30 laps later. Gordon dropped to 10th in the standings and trails by 47 points with just 6 races remaining.
Road Ahead: Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway looms on the calendar. Gordon has struggled at Charlotte in recent years, but the team has turned a corner on its intermediate track program and seemed poised for a strong effort.
JG’s comments: “I started seeing smoke inside the car. We had a really bad restart there and got shuffled back. Our day was pretty much over anyway and we were going to finish maybe 15th or something. Right there I started what smelled like burning oil and I saw the oil temp start to come up and I felt like it was just a matter of time before it blew up. I’ve got to thank Quaker State because the thing lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. I don’t know what happened but my oil temp was just pegged for shoot, 30 laps and I knew it was just a matter of time, but to last that long was pretty amazing. That restart Tony Stewart took me three wide, all the way down to the apron, and we were on old tires and that just ruined our day right there. He did what he had to do, it messed us up but right after that we start getting smoke, we thought it was tire smoke, but it wasn’t it was under the hood, obviously it ended out day.”
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