NASCAR sends Jeff
Gordon and Jimmie Johnson at the back
Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson
will start at the back of the line for the Toyota/Save Mart 350
because their front fenders failed inspection.
Duchardt, vice president of development at Hendrick Motorsports,
said at the press conference: "When we presented the cars for
inspection today, they found that our fenders were outside of
what they felt was the tolerance allowable in between the
templates. Our understanding was that the cars fit the
templates, but they were outside of what they would like to see
us in between the templates. I think that they thing for us,
from our standpoint, we understand fully the rules around the
template, or we felt we understood fully, the rules around the
template, however, we felt that we could work between the points
on the template and it became clear to us today, and I think to
everyone, that that is not acceptable.”
Of course, nothing can spoil the day for
Jeff Gordon, who was blessed with a baby girl this week. The
current NASCAR leader and his teammate Jimmie Johnson said they
will target the top 10 finish, as they both agreed that winning
the race would be near impossible. No one has won at Infineon
Raceway from the back before.
But this unfortunate event could prove
devastating for the bettors all over the world. Before Gordon
became father, the sportsbooks were offering odds with Jeff and
without him at the race, as he would not have participated at
the Toyota/Save Mart 350, had the baby arrived during the
weekend. But as soon as little Ella Sofia Gordon was born,
betting was back to normal with Jeff Gordon becoming the
oddsmakers' favorite to win the Sunday NASCAR race with odds 5/2
by the bookmaker
Bodog Sports (official website).
Johnson had the odds of 18/1.
People who took on the bet are now
plucking their hair one piece at a time. If even the drivers
themselves don't believe they can win, all bets on them are
money thrown in the air. The bookmaker favorite to win the
Nextel race in California is now Tony Stewart with odds of 3/1.
The odds on Jeff Gordon are now 11/2 and Jimmie Johnson - 25/1.
Published on 06/23/2007