In a perfect world, Jeff Gordon would celebrated his last Brickyard 400 in victory lane, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
Kyle Busch took the win, and Jeff Gordon…well, he took to the wall.
On Lap 50 of Sunday’s 160-lap race, the Pittsboro, IN, native’s hopes of a fairytale win in his final Brickyard 400 quickly vanished when Clint Bowyer spun sideways across the track, and Gordon bounced off teammate Kasey Kahne, spun and hit the outside wall.
After an extended visit to pit road where his pit crew pulled sheet metal from the car, Gordon returned to the track in 42nd, five laps down to the leaders, and immediately struggled to maintain the minimum speed that NASCAR requires a driver to keep in order to remain on the track.
“It’s not the way we want our day to go here,” said Gordon.
No kidding :(