Gordon Finishes Just Outside of Top 10 at Richmond
It was another hard fought battle for the No. 24 team as Gordon and company finished 11th in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. Kevin Harvick won the event, while Gordon moved up one spot to 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.
The beginning of the race did not go as planned for Gordon as he fell from his third-place starting spot to 26th by lap 176 of 400. But adjustments made to the chassis during pit stops helped him with the "loose in, loose off but tight in the middle (of the corner)" condition Gordon was struggling with.
At the halfway point, the two-time track winner was back up to 18th, and he cracked the top 10 with just over 50 laps to go. But a caution waved with five laps to go, and Gordon gave up track position for a new set of tires for the two-lap "green-white-checkered" finish. The four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion restarted 14th and picked off three spots before the checkered flag waved.
"Those last two laps were crazy," said Gordon. "With different strategies--some guys staying out, some taking two tires while some of us took four--it was just three and four-wide and do whatever you can to make the pass.
"We missed the setup early, but we made good changes and fought hard. We'll see if we can make it easier on ourselves next weekend."
Next Sunday, Gordon will drive the No. 24 Imron Elite Chevrolet when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron's 499. FOX Sports and MRN Radio will broadcast the 1 p.m. EDT race live.
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