Power failure KOs Gordon

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Monday, Aug 11 1430

For the first half of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International, polesitter Jeff Gordon looked like a strong contender for the win.

The four-time champion led 29 laps, second only to race winner AJ Allmendinger’s 30, but on Lap 51, the No. 24 Chevrolet lost power and came to a stop on the track. By the time his crew had diagnosed the problem and restored power to the car, Gordon was four laps down and out of contention.

After the race, he still wasn’t sure exactly what had happened.

“I’ve got to get with the team and find out what caused it,” Gordon said. “It looks like we had a battery go dead—two batteries go dead. I didn’t see anything on the volts meter that stood out or anything really going on there that was alarming.

“Everything thing was going along really well. Our Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet was strong. I feel like we were in control there when we were out front. We got a little bit behind on the pit stop sequence, but we were coming back. I was just having a blast out there. It’s just great to be that competitive here at Watkins Glen again, and I would rather these things happen now so we can determine what caused it and make sure it doesn’t happen again, because you can’t have those kinds of things happen once this Chase starts.”