A late two-tire change didn’t work out for the DuPont team and Jeff Gordon posted a 17th place finish at Dover Internatonal Speedway. Rain washed out qualifying and Gordon started in 21st place. He moved to 17th by the first caution on lap 20. He came to pit road for two tires during the caution flag period and restarted in 23rd. At the competition caution on lap 40, Gordon had moved up to 16th. A four-tire change put him back in 24th for the restart, but he gained two spots by lap 50. Gordon came to pit road for a green flag stop on lap 110 and cycled through in 19th place. He moved up to 17th on the long green flag run on lap 155. A caution flag for light rain on lap 163 allowed Gordon to make up distance as he was about 3 seconds in front of the leader. With open pit stalls in front and behind, Gordon exited pit road in 15th position. He ran 13th at the halfway point. A debris caution on lap 215 brought the field to pit road. Gordon exited in 9th place — the first time he cracked the top-10 during the race. However, he struggled on the restart and slipped to 12th within five laps. Gordon entered the top-10 on lap 281 during a green flag pit stop sequence, but ran 12th when the field cycled through on lap 292. A caution for Kasey Kahne with 70 to go brought the lead lap cars to pit road. Gordon exited in 11th place. He dropped to 12th before a caution for Juan Pablo Montoya’s spin with 40 laps to go. Pit stops followed with Gordon opting for two tires and exiting 4th. He restarted 5th after Mark Martin stayed on the track. On the restart, he fell back immediately on the inside line and ran 10th on lap 367. He fell further through the field and finished the race in 17th place. Gordon has just one top-10 finish in the last 5 races.
Road ahead: The All-Star race precedes the Coca-Cola 600 — both at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gordon has struggled on the 1.5-mile tracks thus far in 2011 with less than stellar efforts at Las Vegas and Texas. The All-Star race provides an opportunity for an extended test session under the lights. Of course, a fourth victory in the All-Star event would be the ultimate prize heading into NASCAR’s longest race on Memorial Day weekend.
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