“It was on the edge the whole time. If I had the perfect line, did everything just right, I could get away with it. But the track was slick. We were slightly aggressive on our set-up for it. We didn't really get a chance to tune on it, either. I think we only changed a quarter-pound of tyre pressure all day because we were pitting under green and didn't have time to do anything to it.”
Jeff Gordon, third in the standings, took a major hit in points after taking a major hit on the racetrack. After contact from Kasey Kahne, Sam Hornish Jr's #77 Dodge bounced off the tyre barrier at the exit of turn nine and back across the track into Gordon's #24, ending the race for both drivers on lap 63.
Gordon finished 37th and, though he retained third place in the series standings, fell 342 points behind Stewart. The accident, which also involved Jeff Burton, Andy Lally and Joey Logano, caused a 19-minute, 35-second stoppage while track workers cleaned debris from the scene.
by Reid Spencer / Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service