Gordon thinks back problems long-lasting
Earlier this season, Jeff Gordon developed severe back spasms on the day before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and missed much of practice. He did compete in the race and finished seventh.
This weekend at Pocono Raceway, Gordon, who has had a history of back problems, was asked whether the issue has flared up again. His answer was somewhat surprising.
“I don’t think my back is ever going to be the same after what happened at Charlotte. I don’t know what exactly transpired there, but it’s not the same. And I have to be much more careful,” said Gordon, who will start fifth in Sunday’s race at Pocono.
“I’m just having to treat it more with ice and steam and be more careful and do more stretching. Is it going to flare up again? It could. But I’m just trying to be more cautious with the things that I do that I feel like contribute to that.”
Townley said he cannot race for seven days and will be evaluated by a Charlotte-area neurologist this week to determine if he can race in next weekend’s ARCA race at Berlin Speedway in Marne, Mich.
Cup series driver Clint Bowyer filled in for Townley in Saturday’s Truck race.
Justin became the third member of the Allison family to win an ARCA race. The late Davey Allison won eight times and Bobby Allison once.
“It’s pretty cool to win here,” Justin said. “The Allisons have a lot of history at this track.”
Three things to watch
1 Kasey Kahne, the defending race winner, has two career wins at Pocono and was runner-up two years ago.
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking to complete the season sweep at Pocono – something only six other drivers have done.
3 Rookie Kyle Larson starts from the pole and is coming off a seventh-place finish last week in Indianapolis and a third-place finish two weeks before in New Hampshire.
Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson