Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/29/14
Fort Worth, TX- Entering Sunday’s AAA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon was still in the hunt for his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. Gordon was coming off of a victory last week in Martinsville and only trailed Matt Kenseth and his teammate Jimmie Johnson by 27 points entering today’s race. He became everyone’s favorite to win and get into the title conversation after getting a lucky decision by NASCAR to make him the 13th driver in this year’s Chase. He made the most of it moving from 13th to third in the standings and wanted so badly to get another title. Unfortunately, that run came to an end at Texas with a cut tire. Gordon’s left front tire of his No. 24 Chevrolet blew on Lap 75 of the 334 Lap race bringing out the third caution as he made heavy contact with the outside wall. Gordon fell from third to sixth in the standings as he’s 69 points out with just two races left. His title dreams are now dashed leaving Texas as he finished a disappointing 38th today. He’s still mathematically in the hunt but that will likely end next weekend in Phoenix. He would have to leap frog five drivers in two races and hope for a ton of luck to be back into the race for the Cup. That’s extremely far fetched. It’s sad that one cut tire could end someone’s run but that’s how tight the racing and points are today. This is a day and age in NASCAR where consistency is key and he just didn’t have enough of it this year. If he can keep up what he has done in the Chase next year he will be a contender once again. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post NASCAR: Cut Tire at Texas Ends Jeff Gordon’s Title Run appeared first on Race Review Online.
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