Johnson's late mishap caps tough day for Hendrick drivers

  • Updated: June 16, 2013 - 5:50 PM

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Sunday was a rough day for Hendrick Motorsports.

Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had promising rides derailed by car problems, and Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon's shot at winning at Michigan International Speedway ended less than 10 laps in because of a crash.

Throw in a cut tire that left Kasey Kahne 38th, and none of the racing giant's four entries cracked the top 25.

Greg Biffle took the lead after a late restart and pulled away for his first Sprint Cup victory of the season and second straight at MIS.

Johnson, whose points lead shrunk to 31 points after he finished 28th, was chasing Biffle in the closing laps, but a tire gave way. He has never won a Cup race at MIS.

"I hate having that problem at the end," Johnson said. "I had to run the car really hard to get through all those guys and must have worn through that right front tire with two or three (laps) to go."

Earnhardt led for 34 laps, but a blown cylinder took him out of contention.

"We had such an awesome race car. We actually improved the car on the last stop," he said. "It's frustrating, but you'd rather be leading the race than be running at the back and have problems. At least we were strong."

Earnhardt started the season with five straight top-seven finishes, including two seconds, but he has ropped to seventh in the standings. A blown engine left him 39th at Charlotte on May 26.

"We've run good, but we've just got to figure out what's going on under the hood," he added. "I'm sure they'll get it sorted out. We're pushing these engines hard, trying to get all we can out of them."

Johnson and Earnhardt at least could look back on competitive moments Sunday. That was hardly the case for Gordon, who started 29th and finished 10 spots lower after Bobby Labonte's early spin collected him in Turn 2.

"(Labonte) just did one of those slow spins where I couldn't tell which direction he was going to go, so I had to guess and I guessed wrong," Gordon said. "I didn't really have anywhere to go."

It was the fifth time this season Gordon finished worse than 20th.

"I don't want to see the team get down and I don't want to see myself get down," he said after falling to 16th in the standings. "I have a lot of fight in me and so does this team.

"I'm looking forward to going to Sonoma."

The California road course is the series' next stop.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Brooklyn 109 FINAL
Boston 107
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Orlando 89
Indiana 99 4th Qtr 5:12
Detroit 111
Milwaukee 98 4th Qtr 4:9
Atlanta 68
Houston 64 3rd Qtr 6:15
Memphis 70
San Antonio 62 3rd Qtr 3:12
New Orleans 63
Charlotte 45 3rd Qtr 8:21
Oklahoma City 59
LA Lakers 42 2nd Qtr 0:30
Dallas 48
Minnesota 27 2nd Qtr
Denver 26
Philadelphia 9:00 PM
Portland
Phoenix 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 17 2nd Qtr 0:53
UCF 10
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
(15) Arizona State 12/27/14 1:10 PM
Duke
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close