Jeff Gordon seemed to be cruising at the halfway point of Tuesday's NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but the handling on his No. 24 car suddenly went away.
Gordon got loose and fell all the way back to fourth place as Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin all went past him.
Kenseth held the lead over Edwards as green-flag pit stops began around lap 170 of 325.
David Gilliland spun out at the entrance to pit road right in the middle of the pit stops, but NASCAR did not call a caution despite his car sitting on pit road an unable to restart.
When pit stops cycled through – with Carl Edwards taking the lead from Matt Kenseth – NASCAR finally called the caution for Gilliland. Gordon got back up to third during the pit stops.
Here's the top 10 as of the Gilliland caution at the completion of green-flag pit stops (lap 177 of 325):
- Carl Edwards
- Matt Kenseth
- Jeff Gordon
- Kevin Harvick
- Denny Hamlin
- Clint Bowyer
- Jimmie Johnson
- David Ragan
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Jeff Burton