Jeff Gordon Wins Wreck Filled NASCAR Race In Phoenix
There were wrecks of plenty at the year’s NASCAR race in Phoenix, Arizona, as the small track was made to look like Daytona with cars flying off walls and into each other.
Surviving the carnage of the second NASCAR race of the season and taking the checkered flag was Jeff Gordon and his Chevrolet, for the first time in 66 races. Gordon managed to give Kyle Busch, who was leading at the time, a small nudge on the rear bumper, moving the Toyota out of the way and allowed Gordon to take the lead.
Jimmie Johnson managed third place, but was aiming for the win, when a pit stop issue caused him to drop back in the field.
Tony Stewart, who will be switching cars with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton in a staged event, led the race for a period of time, but a decision to take only two tires at the last pit stop caused him to drop back in the field. Steward managed to finish in seventh place.
Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne wasn’t so lucky, as his Wood Brothers Ford was involved in a accident early on, as he only managed a 40th place finish. Carl Edwards didn’t fair much better, as he came in 28th place.
The Subway Fresh Fit 500 was one of the wildest races in many years. In the span of 10 laps, 17 cars were involved in two multi-car accidents, which left many drivers scratching their heads. Before the race was even an hour old, 10 cars were in the garage.
Bayne crashed out on Lap 49, and then second place finisher Kyle Busch and Edwards made contact, sending Edwards into a spin and creating a multi-car accident that collected Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and race winner Gordon.
Edwards was less than happy with Busch, as he had led 21 laps before the accident.
"My first impression was that Kyle was just frustrated that Ryan got by me and he turned down," Edwards said. "But I looked at that and it looked like he might have just gotten loose. I'll talk to him about it,” he said to NASCAR.com.
The other vehicles that found their way into the garage was Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer, Robby Gordon, Andy Lally, David Reutimann and Travis Kvapil. Burton, Robby Gordon, Bowyer, Reutimann and Edwards were able to return to the track laps later to earn some points for the championship.
After the race, Kyle Busch leads the Spring Cup Chase by three points, followed by his brother Kurt and Tony Stewart.