Jeff Gordon struggled with handling for the balance of the day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gordon started 16th and moved to 11th by lap 4 while battling a tight handling condition. He moved into the top-10 with a pass on Kasey Kahne on lap 23. He pitted under caution on lap 47 and ran 7th on lap 50. He slipped to 8th during the next run before a caution on lap 74. He took 4 tires and restarted in 19th place. However, he struggled on the restart and dropped to 24th by lap 90. After falling to 26th, Gordon came to pit road under green on lap 119 for tires and adjustments. Following the stops, Gordon ran in 21st when the caution waved on lap 128. Gordon stayed out to lead a lap during a green flag pit stop sequence, but dropped off the lead lap when he came to pit road on lap 181.
Gordon got back on the lead lap by taking the wave around during a caution period with 62 laps to go. A caution with 39 laps to go assured Gordon of a lead lap finish. He moved into the top-15 and finished 12th after drivers ahead of him experienced wall contact/spins in the final laps. Gordon moved up to 17th in the series standings.
A caution flag with 62 laps to go allowed Gordon to take the wave around and get back on the lead lap.
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