Hard crash eliminates Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 17: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

BRISTOL, TN – MARCH 17: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Although he is an accomplished master at NASCAR’s short tracks, Jeff Gordon has not won at Bristol Motor Speedway since 2005. For a time during Sunday’s Food City 500, it looked as though Gordon might finally break into the win column. It wasn’t to be however as Gordon suffered the same fate as several others late in the going.

From his 11th place starting position, Gordon was able to race his way into second by lap 95 of the 500. But he began to fade. Crew chief Alan Gustafson elected to take only two tires on a pit stop during a caution period on lap 322. That move put Gordon into the lead but would ultimately prove disastrous.

Gordon held the lead until lap 389 when the right front tire on his Chevy let go. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports car shot into the outside wall.  MORE>>>

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