Jeff Gordon's crash during 29 May qualifying at Dover might not have looked severe, but the driver of the #24 Chevrolet says his contact with the SAFER barrier off turn two was one of the hardest impacts of his career.

"Believe it or not, that impact last week in qualifying was in the top five," Gordon said, "People don't realise how hard that is. We got the [impact] information from NASCAR, and it was a huge hit."

After finishing 26th at Dover in a back-up car, Gordon withdrew from Tony Stewart's Prelude to the Dream charity race, which was later postponed until 9 September because of rain.

by Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service