Gordon's drive for five less alive at Talladega

Four-time NASCAR Nextel Cup series champion Jeff Gordon's chances of winning a fifth title ended this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. "I've said all along that if it's meant to be, it's meant to be," Gordon said. "And it just doesn't seem ...

Four-time NASCAR Nextel Cup series champion Jeff Gordon's chances of winning a fifth title ended this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

"I've said all along that if it's meant to be, it's meant to be," Gordon said. "And it just doesn't seem meant to be. Right now I am not even thinking about it because I am just so bummed out because I know that our chances are pretty slim of winning this championship, if not completely done."

Gordon was caught up in a multi-car crash on lap 138 sending his No. 24 Hendrick Chevrolet into the garage for extensive repairs. He was behind the wall for 16 laps before he attempted to rejoin the race.

"I don't know if they just ran out of room or what," Gordon tried to explain. "But up ahead of me that No. 5 (Kyle Busch) and somebody else got together - it looks like the No. 2 (Kurt Busch) and once that started happening, they all just started checking up and it came all the way back to me. I thought I was going to miss it and then the No. 42 (Casey Mears) corrected and couldn't go anywhere. You know it's going to happen.

"The thing I don't understand is that NASCAR has been talking about bump- drafting for I don't know how many times we've come here and to Daytona, and they said it in the driver's meeting and they weren't doing a thing about it out there. I mean guys were bump-drafting and the more they do it the more they get away with it, and the less they seem to care.

"I know they care, but they're just not doing anything about it. You've got to stop it when it starts."

Unfortunately, he failed to maintain the minimum speed when he went back out on the track and had to park the DuPont Chevy.

He finished 19-laps down in 36th place and sits seventh in points, 147 short of leader Jeff Burton.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Kyle Busch