Hendrick Drivers Suffer Devastating Day At Michigan
Hendrick Motorsports would soon like to forget what happened on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
Four separate incidents devastated the Hendrick stable, and resulted in all four cars finishing outside of the top 25 for the first time since Sonoma in 2005.
Here's how it happened.
Problems started early in the race when Jeff Gordon collided with a spinning Bobby Labonte on lap 7. Labonte got loose off turn 2, slid up the track and collected Gordon.
Heavy damage sent Gordon to the garage and resulted in a 39th place finish.
After Gordon's wreck, it looked promising for the remaining three HMS cars as they all ran in the top five.
Then, it took a turn for the worse.
While leading, Kasey Kahne suffered a blown right front tire on lap 105. Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet slammed the outside SAFER barrier and caught fire.
"I just was going into the corner and then it went boom and turned right and went straight into the wall," Kahne said. "It was a hard hit."
Kahne was okay after the hard impact and ensuing fire, but would finish 38th, dropping him outside of the top 10 in points.
Next was Dale Earnhardt Jr., who suffered an engine failure while leading. Earnhardt Jr. held a fairly healthy lead over teammate Jimmie Johnson before going down a cylinder, and ultimately blowing up on lap 132.
Earnhardt Jr. would finish just ahead of Kahne and Gordon in 37th.
Just when you were thinking it couldn't get any worse for Hendrick, it did.
A right front tire went down on Johnson's No. 48 machine while he was running in second with three to go. Five-time made considerable contact with the wall in turn 2 which forced him to pit road for repairs, resulting in a 28th place finish.