Joey Logano held off Kevin Harvick to win the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon ran as high as 2nd place in the rainbow-themed #24 car, but needed two unscheduled pit stops for loose wheels in the final 110 laps before finishing in 20th place. Gordon dropped to 15th in the NASCAR Chase standings, with a 52-point cushion over the cutoff with 2 races remaining before the 10-race Chase begins.
Gordon started 24th and moved to 21st by lap 15. He entered the top-20 with a move around Austin Dillon on lap 19. He took 19th from Kasey Kahne on lap 45 and took 18th from Ricky Stenhouse one lap later. The first caution came on lap 52 for debris. Pit stops followed with Gordon opting for 4 tires and restarting in 18th place. He used the low line to his advantage and ran 16th on lap 60. Gordon entered the top-15 on lap 113 when Matt Kenseth came to pit road with terminal engine problems. He advanced to 14th past Jimmie Johnson on lap 117. The next caution came on lap 125 for Kyle Larson’s cut tire. The leaders came to pit road with Gordon restarting in 17th. He gained a spot prior to a caution for AJ Allmendinger’s spin on lap 145. Gordon came to pit road to fix sheet metal damage and restarted in 20th place. He quickly gained 3 spots and ran 17th on lap 160, and re-entered the top-15 on lap 170. At the 200-lap mark, Gordon ran in 13th place. He took spots from Jimmie Johnson and Justin Allgaier to run 11th on lap 225. However, Kevin Harvick took a spot from Gordon on lap 229. He regained 11th place by passing Brad Keselowski on lap 238. A debris caution at the halfway point brought the lead lap cars to pit road with Gordon exiting in 11th place.
Gordon entered the top-10 on lap 263 and took 9th from Martin Truex on lap 272. Harvick passed on lap 287 to send Gordon back to 10th. He regained 9th by passing Jamie McMurray for the spot on lap 299. Gordon moved to 7th on lap 345 after taking a spot from Kurt Busch and an unscheduled pit stop by Kyle Busch. He moved up to 6th on lap 355 when Carl Edwards pitted with a flat tire. A spin by Kyle Larson brought the caution on lap 360. Gordon came to pit road and restarted in 5th place. He moved to 4th when David Ragan crashed on the backstretch. On the restart, Gordon used the outside line to move up to 2nd place behind race leader Joey Logano. Ricky Stenhouse’s wall contact slowed the field on lap 383. Gordon lined up next to Logano for the restart on lap 389. Gordon slipped to 4th when Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr went by. Kyle Busch took a spot on lap 399 to send Gordon back to 5th. On lap 406, Gordon came to pit road for an unscheduled 4-tire pit stop after feeling a vibration. He dropped to 18th place and ran 2 laps down. A debris caution with 71 to go slowed the field. Gordon took the wave around and restarted 1 lap down in 17th. With 25 to go, Gordon came to pit road for a loose wheel. He fell to 23rd place, 4 laps down. Gordon was able to gain 3 spots in the final laps before finishing in 20th place.
source: Jeff Gordon Online
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