Pit crews played a pivotal role in Sunday's AAA 400 NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway -- and could have lasting ramifications in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
The crews for Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne made the right move by coming in for a splash of gas during the fifth caution with 80 laps remaining in the race. But from there, things turned out differently for each.
Gordon had a car capable of winning the race and ultimately finished second -- 1.078 seconds behind winner Brad Keselowski. The veteran was surprised that the odds finally fell in his favor.
"We didn't have to save fuel there at the end and the car was really good," said Gordon, who jumped from the cellar to 10th, but remains 48 points out of the lead. "I thought me and Mark Martin (second) were going to battle it out for the win."
Truex gave new meaning to the "lucky dog" considering that when he was the beneficiary on Lap 320, it enabled him to stop for fuel and four new t...