FORT WORTH, Texas Anyone clinging to the hope that someone other than Jimmie Johnson or Matt Kenseth would make a run towards the Sprint Cup title can forget about it.
Sunday's AAA Texas 500 saw to that.
Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick each came to the race at Texas Motor Speedway needing something to go wrong for the top two in points to keep their fleeting hopes alive.
Not only did that not happen, both Busch and Gordon had troubles that took them out of championship contention, while Harvick's steady but unspectacular run left him with a top-10 finish (eighth) but little else to show for the trip with just two races remaining this season.
Gordon had momentum following his win last week at Martinsville and was third in points, just 27 out of first and still believing he had a shot at championship No. 5.
All that momentum went away on Lap 73 when his front left tire went down, sending him into the wall in Turn 1 while running 12th. The No. 24 Chevrolet went to the g...