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Brickyard 400 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

One year ago:
An early-race accident left the #24 Peanuts/DuPont Monte Carlo heavily damage. Jeff would finish 34th.


Usually, being the last one out for qualifying is a good thing, but when qualifying is in the morning and temps rise as the session goes on, it's bad.

Jeff Gordon qualified last in Saturday's qualifying session for the Brickyard 400, and, unfortunately, will start closer to last than first on Sunday. Gordon will start 27th.

That's not the way you want to celebrate your birthday. Gordon, who turned 30 on Saturday, Aug. 4, is looking for his third win in this prestigious race. His two wins at Indy have come in the inaugural event in 1994 and in 1998.

"I got wide off of turn three and it ruined the lap," Gordon said. "We made gains. The car felt a whole lot better. I got through turns one and two good and that's where I had been fighting it earlier. I got into turn three, got back in the gas and I just didn't hit my marks 100 percent down there and it just drifted up a little bit. I had to check up to keep from hitting the wall. I got through turn four pretty good but at this place in qualifying one tiny little thing can really slow your momentum down."

Last year, Gordon started one row back, in 29th. It didn't make for very good results when he got caught up in someone else's accident. However, Gordon expects to be good in the race this year.

"We saw what happened last year starting back there and it wasn't pretty," Gordon said. "We have to make sure we stay out of trouble and use all 400 miles to work our way up to the front. Most of the testing we did here, we worked on attitude without a lot of tape on the front of the car. We'll be fine."

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