The pain was evident in Jeff Gordon‘s body language Monday afternoon outside the care center at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International where he was given the once-over after being involved in a frightening late race accident.
The resulting 37th place finish tied his worst showing of the season and was only his second finish outside the top-20 since April — a dismal conclusion to an un-Gordon-like road course outing.
Here are the facts as of 4/5/09.
Jeff Gordon won at Texas Motor Speedway for the first time in 17 attempts.
Jimmie Johnson came in 2nd place.
Mark Martin driving the #5 car for Rick Hendrick finished 6th and Earnhardt Jr. and Crew Chief Eury Jr. finished 20th.
How long will owner Rick Hendrick let the Jr. team slide? Every team Rick Hendrick owns except Earnhardt Jr., finished in the Top 10. Do you realize how embarrassing that must be for Jr.?
Look for something to blow up soon. Earnhardt Jr. had a closed-door meeting with his team this week to clear the air. Apparantly, there are lots of people wanting some answers for the 88 team. Eury Jr. may be the answer to all of this. He may have to be the one that falls on the sword and leave. He is a relative of Earnhardt, but the facts are that every team is doing ok but his. Watch for developing information this week.