Four-time champion Jeff Gordon is the lead, which he did for 65 laps in the Food City 500, with former champion Matt Kenseth on his bumper.
They are fighting hard for position. Racing clean but close, looked like Kenseth, who has led 85 laps, with margins.
Then disaster struck.
Gordon failed tire. He snapped across the track and the outer walls – and the path of Kenseth.
With nowhere to go, Kenseth Gordon slammed the car, its hood crumpled as he went under the Chevrolet leads from the force of impact.
In the last pit stop, the car Gordon took only left-side tires to help the handling.
“Cars are going to be really good,” Gordon said. “But, maybe we have a little too hard on the front right does not really there. Right fronts would never crack when you’re up against the wall. I was against the wall throughout the run, and as soon as I went to go under the lapped car – boom – pop it under the race track and went all the way to the top, and we got the wall.
“I really hate that we collected that Matt Kenseth. He had a great race car, and a great day going. Basically we are trying to get through to a top five, top 10 and get some These points. This is a bad way to end it. ”
He completed it in 34, finish him off in the 21st to standing.
Kenseth fared slightly worse, finishing 35th and dropping six spots to 13th in the standings.
“There was a lot any of us can do about it, so take plenty of Husky Tools to fix things,” he said.
Still, he found that the positive performance. A week after achieving his first win as a member of Joe Gibbs Racing stable, he complimented crew chief Jason Ratcliff for the changes he made during the race, and how they are running on time.
“I thought we had run the fastest car, only one car can pass there now,” he said. “And man, we got a little behind and I just finally made it and want to lead for the last pit stop so we get ourselves some track position there and blew a tire right in front of us – no matter where to go.
“We had a great car again today. We just did not end unfortunately.”