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Road Challenges
SAVE MART 350 - Sonoma Raceway. Finish: 16th

After qualifying in the top-5, Jeff Gordon entered the Save Mart 350 with high hopes of scoring his first win of the season. However, after battling handling issues, Gordon finished 16th. It was just his third finish below 9th place in the last 21 races at Sonoma. The finish snapped his streak of 9 consecutive top-10's at Sonoma.

Gordon started 5th and took 4th from Matt Kenseth on lap 4. He took 3rd from Kyle Larson on lap 8 but was unable to close on Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger at the front of the field. The first caution waved on lap 22 for David Gilliland's crash. Gordon followed the leaders to pit road and restarted in 11th place after several drivers stayed out. He slipped to 12th prior to the next caution on lap 28 for Martin Truex's crash. He moved up to 10th when two drivers came to pit road. On the restart he took 9th from Kyle Larson and moved to 8th on lap 34 with a move around Brad Keselowski. Gordon took 7th from Justin Allgaier on lap 35 and advanced to 6th by passing Jamie McMurray. He re-entered the top-5 by passing Ryan Newman on lap 40. However, after battling handling issues, he fell to 7th on lap 45 when Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. went by. His struggles continued as Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne passed on lap 50. After David Ragan took a position, Gordon came to pit road for a green flag stop on lap 51. When the cycle of stops was completed, Gordon ran in 11th place.

The third caution waved on lap 74 for JJ Yeley's crash. Gordon came to pit road for adjustments as spring rubbers were pulled out of the right rear. Gordon restarted at the rear of the field because of a pit crew penalty for throwing equipment. He advanced to 25th when David Ragan and Carl Edwards wrecked on lap 78. Gordon worked his way back into the top-20 with 16 laps to go. He ran 18th when the caution waved with 12 laps to go for Casey Mears' broken axle. Gordon stayed on the track and restarted in 3rd place behind Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray with 8 laps to go. On the restart, Gordon held 3rd until Kyle Busch took a spot in turn 11. Clint Bowyer took a spot from Gordon with 5 laps to go. Kurt Busch dropped Gordon to 6th. One lap later he fell to 8th when Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano went by. With 3 laps to go, he fell out of the top-10 when Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman passed. Gordon faded to 13th with 2 to go, and finished the event in 16th place.

JG's comments
"We had to make some big adjustments and lose track position, but the car was really good there at the end. "It was a great weekend. Nothing's going to take away from this weekend for me. I know it wasn't the finish we all wanted, but it was fun to hang out with some of my friends. I hate that we weren't a little bit better. The (ending), that was just taking some risks on the last pit stop. We didn't have anything to lose."

Michigan Miscue
QUICKEN LOANS 400 - Michigan International Speedway. Finish: 21st

After replacing two members of the pit crew on the #24 team this week, it was a miscue on pit road that cost Jeff Gordon at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon was running in the top-15 when he pitted on lap 88. However, the jack came down before the left front lug nuts were tightened. A second pit stop put Gordon a lap down. Heavy rain came on lap 138 which shortened the race.

Under overcast skies, Gordon started 6th and used the outside line to his advantage to move up to 4th on the opening lap. The first caution came on lap 11 for rain, which resulted in a red flag. After a one-hour track drying delay, the field rolled off pit road shortly before 2:30pm/eastern. However, as the field circled the track under caution, the rain once again picked up and brought a second red flag condition. After 45 minutes of track drying, the cars rolled off pit road. The green flag waved on lap 28. Gordon held the 4th spot on the restart and ran there at the lap 40 competition caution. Pit stops followed with Gordon opting for two tires. However, with the first stall entering pit road, Gordon was held up by traffic and exited pit road in 13th place. Rain once again picked up and the red flag was displayed for the third time. The restart came at lap 49 and the field ran just 3 laps before a caution for Kyle Busch's crash coming off turn 4. Gordon slipped to 15th on the inside line. He dropped to 18th after the restart, but worked his way up to 16th by lap 70. He entered the top-15 on lap 75 with a move around Clint Bowyer. Gordon came to pit road for a green flag stop on lap 88. However, Gordon needed to come back to pit road just a lap later to tighten lug nuts on the left front. He cycled through in 38th place, one lap down.

At the halfway point, he ran in 31st place, one lap down. Gordon passed drivers who were a lap down and ran 28th on lap 115. A caution for debris slowed the field on lap 125 with Gordon in 18th place, one lap down. He came to pit road for tires and restarted in 26th place. He moved into the free pass position on lap 131 in 19th place. However, one lap later Ryan Newman went by to put Gordon in 20th place. Rain on lap 137 resulted in a red flag with Gordon in 21st place.

JG's comments
"We have not had the best of days. Our car was pretty good, but we had an issue on that green flag stop and went down a lap. Things didnít go very well on that restart. We needed this thing to go all the way."

Strategy Killer
AXALTA 400 - Pocono Raceway. Finish: 14th

Jeff Gordon finished 14th at Pocono Raceway after a mid-race caution flag essentially killed his strategy. Gordon had lost track position on a restart and stayed on the track during a caution period. He took the race lead on lap 92, but a caution on lap 94 brought him to pit road and put him back in traffic after most of the lead lap cars stayed out. Gordon posted his fourth consecutive top-15 finish and sits 10th in NASCAR total points.

Gordon started 4th and moved to 2nd on the opening lap by using the outside line to his advantage. Martin Truex passed on lap 5 to send Gordon back to 3rd. Three laps later, Kevin Harvick took a spot. Gordon eventually ran down Carl Edwards to take 3rd on lap 21. He came to pit road for a green flag stop on lap 28 and cycled through in 3rd place. NASCAR waved the first caution on lap 49 for debris. Pit stops followed with Gordon exiting in 6th place after a few drivers opted for two fresh tires. On the restart, Gordon went high in turn 1 and dropped outside the top-10. He fell as low as 14th before regrouping to move back into 11th place on lap 61. He re-entered the top-10 by passing Ryan Newman on lap 62. The second caution came on lap 69 for Ricky Stenhouse's crash. Gordon came to pit road for tires and restarted in 13th place after several drivers stayed out. Gordon lost a couple of spots on the restart after Kasey Kahne dove to the inside heading into turn 1. He regrouped and took 15th from Brad Keselowski on lap 82. The next caution came on lap 87 for Jimmie Johnson's cut tire. Gordon stayed on the track and restarted in 2nd place on lap 91.

Gordon moved to the race lead on lap 92 after the restart. Two laps later, the caution waved for Alex Bowman's spin in turn 3. Gordon came to pit road for tires and restarted in 25th place. At the 100-lap mark, he ran in 20th place. Gordon gained one spot in the next 20 laps and ran 19th when the caution waved for Sam Hornish's cut tire and crash on lap 121. Pit stops followed with Gordon restarting in 19th place on lap 125. Brett Moffitt's spin on lap 129 brought out the caution. Gordon came to pit road for tires and restarted in 20th place. Just two laps after the restart, the caution came again for Danica Patrick's crash in turn 1. Gordon restarted in 19th place with 21 laps to go. One lap after the restart, AJ Allmendinger wrecked Ryan Newman in turn 1 to bring out a caution. He restarted in 21st place with 16 laps to go. He gained 5 spots within the next 3 laps and ran in 16th place with 12 to go. Three laps later, he took 15th place from Clint Bowyer. Gordon advanced to 14th with a move around Casey Mears with 4 to go.

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