Polesitter Gordon will start from the rear of the field in a backup for Sunday's Kobalt 400.
LAS VEGAS – Polesitter Jeff Gordon couldn’t avoid hitting Danica Patrick after she lost control of her car exiting Turn 2 in the closing minute of Happy Hour at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.
“Danica spun out and we hit her,” Gordon said.
“Oh my (expletive) god,” replied crew chief Alan Gustafson.
“It shouldn’t be too bad, just the right front,” Gordon said.
“Isn’t she smart enough to know when (indiscernible) to watch out,” Gustafson added.
Gordon scored his 79th pole on Friday for the Kobalt 400. He was 14th on the speed chart after posting a lap of 185.306 mph. He was on stickers tires at the time when Patrick lost control of her car.
“The right front fender is pretty bad,” spotter Eddie D’Hondt said from above the track. “Gosh, darn it.”
“We’ll have to get a backup,” Gustafson concluded.
Gordon wasn’t alone. David Ragan also had an issue and slapped the right rear of the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota.
“Got in a little too high in the gray stuff," Ragan radioed to the crew.
Ragan will also go to a backup car.