— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 26, 2015
With a record five wins and looking to repeat at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon had a lot of confidence heading into the 2015 Brickyard 400. Instead of visiting Victory Lane, Gordon was forced to visit the garage after a wreck caused massive damage to his No. 24 machine.
Clint Bowyer lost control of his car, causing Kasey Kahne to check up and make contact with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. Gordon then spun and smashed into the wall and went multiple laps down to repair his damage.
After returning to the track, Gordon was only able to make it a few laps before heading to the garage. The team worked vigorously to get the car back on the track, but any hopes of bookending his illustrious career at Indy with another win was clearly lost.
The winner of the inaugural Brickyard 400, Gordon was in desperate need of a strong outing to keep his Chase hopes alive. While Bowyer sustained some damage, the No. 15 machine was able to make up ground after Gordon’s spin along with several other Chase hopefuls.
Kenny Wallace, who will be retiring next weekend in the Xfinity race at Iowa, expressed his thoughts on Gordon’s final race at IMS essentially ending with a wreck.
— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) July 26, 2015
Gordon eventually returned to the track 54 laps down and behind Timmy Hill—who appeared to be doing a start and park for Premium Motorsports at the beginning of the race. Suffice to say, this is not how Gordon envisioned his final Brickyard 400 going down.
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