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|Speed Mail Steve|
If NASCAR believes what Hendrick Motorsports is saying, then not being able to practice and qualify and starting at the rear of the field may suffice. But it will come down to whether or not there was intent to circumvent the inspection process and create more downforce, making the car run faster. While Gordon acknowledged that starting in the rear was a devastating penalty, nothing NASCAR can do will bring him down from the high that he's feeling over the birth of his daughter Ella Sofia. I can relate to Gordon's uncertainty before the birth and joy afterward. In 2002, my wife was having issues with preterm labor, and I didn't attend the 2002 race at Sonoma, Calif. Darrell Waltrip told me, "Byrnes, if you come to Sonoma, I'm going to put you on a plane and fly you back. You'd better not come to this race." I didn't go, and while I missed the NASCAR on FOX crew, I'm glad that I got to see my son Bryson's birth.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.