The 334-lap event proved a valuable learning experience for the combination on their way to a 36th place finish.
Kasey Kahne muscled his way past Matt Kenseth to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway and lock himself into the Chase Sunday night.
“We battled a lack of grip, a lack of track position and handling issues all night,” said Ryan Newman.
Marcos Ambrose were one of the fastest teams on the track, but bad luck strikes again and the the No. 9 Ford driver finished the day in 20th-place.
Keselowski torpedoed by tire; Gordon survives for solid finish.
Smoke's return is marred by multiple accidents.
Joey Logano took the lead from Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining
NASCAR to review the brawl; good save for Logano.
It took him 30 attempts, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. is finally a winner at Martinsville.
Jimmie Johnson takes the checkered flag as his teammate Jeff Gordon takes a beating in the pits.
Kevin Harvick has punched his ticket to the third round of the Chase.
Jeff Gordon has scored his third victory of the 2014 season.
The penultimate round of the season has ended with a couple big names eliminated.
The term 'don't beat yourself' comes into mind here.
Scores her 14th top-20 of 2014.
Jeff Gordon has earned his fourth win of the 2014 season.
'It's bittersweet for me,' Ambrose says.
Back-to-the-wall performance becoming a trademark.
Winds up 34th in her last race with her crew and crew chief.
Gordon-Larson mutual admiration society; mixed feelings for Earnhardt.
Hamlin not happy with 8th; Frustrating day for Edwards.
19 drivers have a mathematical shot at it going into Richmond.
NASCAR's dirty dozen ready to battle for Elite Eight Round.
Wants to win Kansas or Charlotte to avoid 'chaos' in Alabama.