CALAMA, Chile -- Robby Gordon will be leaving Chile and the Dakar Rally much earlier than expected. Trying to recover from mechanical issues after Stage 2, Gordon's Hummer was hit with more problems during Wednesday's Stage 4 and he was disqualified, according to speedenergy.com. Speed Energy was Gordon's sponsor for the Dakar Rally. Gordon began the day 17th but had right-front wheel bearing issues before the start of the timed special, costing him about five hours. He completed the stage, but because he was late to the special, he was disqualified from the rally. Gordon was one of six cars to withdraw Wednesday. "Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe the way I'm feeling right now, not only for me but for everyone involved," Gordon said. "Knowing all the hard work and dedication that was put into this program is what makes our untimely exit from the Dakar Rally a hard pill to swallow. "While it may not appear like it due to our performance thus far, countless hours went into this effort. To have a wheel bearing fail is just sickening ... a huge, huge disappointment. We run this same wheel bearing on the trophy truck and have put thousands of kilometers on HUMMERs, and we have never had this part fail." STAGE 3 SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY, Argentina -- Attempting to overcome a poor finish in Stage 2 due to mechanical issues, the No. 303 HUMMER was back on unfamiliar terrain. In the 2010 edition of the Dakar Rally, Stage 3 took the competitors from La Rioja to Fiambala, however, this year the route has moved further east as they make their way to Chile. Beginning the day in San Miguel de Tucuman, this special stage was been split into two parts, totaling 165 miles. Starting the day in 21st position overall, Robby Gordon and navigator, Kellon Walch finished the stage in 15th, putting the team 17th overall, 1 hour 32 minutes behind leader Carlos Sainz. Even as Gordon improved his position in the rally, he was not pleased with the performance of the HUMMER. "We keep putting ourselves behind the eight ball. We passed a bunch of cars early in the special, but then realized we had lost a transmission pump", Gordon said. "[Tuesday's] special would have been good for the HUMMER had we not had a mechanical issue. The route had some very technical, rough stuff in the beginning, and it would have been good for us." STAGE 2 SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMAN, Argentina -- Robby Gordon struggled in the second stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing 46th after an accident and dropping to 21st overall in the standings. Carlos Sainz, the defending champion, won his second stage in as many days in his Volkswagen. His lead is 3:05 ahead of Stephane Peterhansel's BMW and 1:06:55 in front of Gordon in his Hummer. Gordon's accident occurred after a solid start and cost him an hour's worth of repairs. "We were actually pretty good through the first few check points," Gordon said. "One corner snuck up on me; I didn't see it and just drove off the road, hitting a large rock. This is very unfortunate for our team. Now that we are an hour behind heading into Chile versus only a few minutes, we definitely got our work cut out for us. I think we will be OK though; there is still plenty of racing left. "The Hummer sustained some damage on today's stage as when we smashed the front of the race vehicle into the rock, and the transmission doesn't have reverse because it broke when I tried to reverse out of my mistake. I would say that we were broke down for maybe an hour today...a very costly hour." Dakar is being held for the third consecutive year in Argentina and Chile. This year's route covers 5,903 miles, reaching the Atacama desert in northern Chile -- one of the driest places on earth -- before heading back for the Jan. 16 finish in Buenos Aires. The race heads north on Tuesday to San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina and crosses into Chile on Wednesday, heading for the Atacama desert. STAGE 1 CORDOBA, Argentina -- Robby Gordon and Team Hummer completed the first stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday in eighth place, covering the 138-mile course in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 36 seconds. Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch trail defending champion Carlos Sainz by 11:04. Sainz's Volkswagen was 1:31 ahead of second-place Stephane Peterhansel in a BMW and 2:16 in front of Volkswagen teammate Nasser Al Attiyah. American driver Mark Miller was fourth, 4:17 behind in another Volkswagen. Gordon started fourth but dropped to ninth by the first marker as heavy rain created a slippery disadvantage as participants suffered from skidding and sliding. "We knew that the Hummer team would not be as strong as we would like in the Argentina portion of this race, but we struggled a little bit more [Sunday] than I would have liked due to the weather conditions and technical rally-style section," said Gordon , who offered a reason for the discrepancy in time in correlation to the leaders. "Sainz and Peterhansel ... started the race before the weather began and were virtually unaffected by it. That's why you see the gap in time from the rest of the competitors. "We started out the special good, but we had a couple of challenges along the way. Kellon and I had to change helmets during the middle of the stage because his microphone quit working. I ran off the road at one point. We also ran out of windshield wiper fluid due to the mud. These mistakes probably cost us about 1 minute of total speed. I expected to give up 5 minutes in [Sunday's] stage, not 11 minutes, which disappoints me. "It is still early in the race, but we have some ground to make up [Monday]. Some of the guys are already starting to have issues this early. Hopefully, we will recover quickly from [Sunday's] issues before we enter Chile because it is our best opportunity to make up time. By this point, I want to be less than 10 minutes behind." Sunday's first stage from Victoria to Corboda in northern Argentina followed the ceremonial ride from Buenos Aires to Victoria a day earler. Officials said 407 contestants started the race Sunday, down from the 430 who were enrolled Saturday. Dakar is being held for the third consecutive year in Argentina and Chile. This year's route covers 5,903 miles, reaching the Atacama desert in northern Chile -- one of the driest places on earth -- before heading back for the Jan. 16 finish in Buenos Aires. Monday's second stage from Cordoba to San Miguel de Tucuman is a 201-mile race through the mountains. "[Monday's] stage is supposed to go through the mountains, which are not good for us for two reasons. First, the Hummers are not turbo-charged, then the course is a little narrow. They did say that we should encounter some bumps, which could be good for us," Gordon said. Gordon's second team, with Chilean driver Eliseo Salazar and navigator Steve La Roza, is in 28th place after the opening stage, 34:25 off the pace. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jeff Gordon's son gets fitted in adorable car RELATED: Watch Ella Sofia's first laps Look out, world. There's another Gordon behind the wheel. Jeff Gordon 's son Leo -- who turned 5 earlier this month -- is getting fitted in his own vehicle. Check out the tweet from Gordon's wife, Ingrid: Getting fitted pic.twitter.com/8CaNgZ21KV — Ingrid Vandebosch (@ivandebosch) August 23, 2015 Take a good look now at, perhaps, the 2036 NASCAR champion. With Gordon in the midst of his final full-time NASCAR season, we already knew that daughter Ella Sofia Gordon might follow in her father's footsteps. The 8-year-old started turning laps in a quarter midget when she was 6, and now it appears she will have company on the track. Good luck, Leo and Ella!
After Race 24 of the 2015 season at Bristol Motor Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Tony Stewart 4 908 -- -- 1 0 24 2 Walter Czarnecki 22 865 -43 -43 2 0 24 3 Rick Hendrick 88 819 -89 -46 3 0 24 4 Gene Haas 41 796 -112 -23 4 0 24 5 Roger Penske 2 793 -115 -3 6 1 24 6 Jeff Gordon 48 792 -116 -1 7 1 24 7 Barney Visser 78 771 -137 -21 5 -2 24 8 Joe Gibbs 20 753 -155 -18 8 0 24 9 J D Gibbs 11 712 -196 -41 9 0 24 10 Felix Sabates 1 696 -212 -16 10 0 24 11 Richard Childress 31 683 -225 -13 12 1 24 12 Richard Childress 27 674 -234 -9 11 -1 24 13 Rick Hendrick 24 672 -236 -2 13 0 24 14 J D Gibbs 19 666 -242 -6 14 0 24 15 Joe Gibbs 18 661 -247 -5 15 0 24 16 Rob Kauffman 15 655 -253 -6 16 0 24 17 Richard Petty 43 620 -288 -35 17 0 24 18 Linda Hendrick 5 618 -290 -2 18 0 24 19 Chip Ganassi 42 579 -329 -39 19 0 24 20 Jack Roush 16 572 -336 -7 20 0 24 21 Richard Childress 3 564 -344 -8 21 0 24 22 Tony Stewart 10 525 -383 -39 22 0 24 23 Bob Germain 13 516 -392 -9 24 1 24 24 Tad Geschickter 47 515 -393 -1 23 -1 24 25 Richard Petty 9 476 -432 -39 26 1 24 26 Margaret Haas 14 466 -442 -10 27 1 24 27 Michael Waltrip 55 457 -451 -9 25 -2 24 28 John Henry 6 443 -465 -14 28 1 24 29 John Henry 17 434 -474 -9 29 0 24 30 Harry Scott Jr. 51 409 -499 -25 30 0 24 31 Bob Jenkins 35 387 -521 -24 31 0 24 32 Brad Jenkins 38 362 -546 -25 32 0 24 33 Jerry Freeze 34 338 -570 -24 33 0 24 34 Michael Hillman 40 324 -584 -14 34 0 24 35 Tommy Baldwin 7 304 -604 -20 35 0 24 36 Ron Devine 83 288 -620 -16 36 0 24 37 Joe Falk 33 269 -639 -19 37 0 24 38 Harry Scott Jr. 46 256 -652 -13 38 0 24 39 Ron Devine 23 222 -686 -34 39 0 24 40 Mike Curb 98 202 -706 -20 40 0 24 41 Archie St Hilaire 32 200 -708 -2 41 0 24 42 Glen Wood 21 189 -719 -11 42 0 12 43 Bob Leavine 95 161 -747 -28 43 0 14 44 Anthony Marlowe 26 130 -778 -31 44 0 24 45 Rick Hendrick 25 86 -822 -44 45 0 4 46 Jay Robinson 62 83 -825 -3 46 0 24 47 John Cohen 44 12 -896 -71 47 0 4 48 Jay Robinson 66 8 -900 -4 48 0 4 49 Curtis Key Sr. 30 6 -902 -2 49 0 9 50 Robby Benton 129 0 -908 -6 51 1 4 51 Gordon Smith 139 0 -908 0 50 -1 2
MORE: Gifts from Gordon's final season " SHOP: Gordon Rainbow Warrior gear Jeff Gordon 's iconic No. 24 rainbow paint scheme is back for this Saturday's IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The four-time champion has five career wins at Bristol, and a win on Saturday would lock him into the Chase Grid for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . How exactly did it all come together? Check it out with this video of the No. 24 paint scheme being wrapped, courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports . Bristol Motor Speedway also unveiled on Friday that the track in 2016 will have the " Jeff Gordon Terrace," a backstretch grandstand named after the legendary driver. Charlotte Motor Speedway also announced Friday its upcoming tribute to Gordon . Leading up to the Oct. 10 Bank of America 500 , the speedway is rolling out "Jeff's Last Ride: A 24-Day Salute." NASCAR licensed artist Sam Bass will create original artwork for the Bank of America 500 souvenir program as part of the salute, which also includes a 24-day social media campaign. Another highlight is a collection of iconic No. 24 race cars on display during the Charlotte Auto Fair Sept. 24-27.
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner gives an all-access tour around the Sprint Cup Series garage at Bristol Motor Speedway and talks to Kyle Larson and Casey Mears in addition to showing off the rainbow paint scheme for Jeff Gordon .
Jeff Gordon offers up a few thoughts on the return of one of his most iconic paint schemes at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Relive the moment where Jeff Gordon uses a bump and run to pass Rusty Wallace in the final laps of the 2002 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Driver will compete in Coca-Cola 600 on same day
RELATED: Chase Grid " Chase bubble watch " Chase Fest details A year ago, it was Kasey Kahne . Only two races remained before the start of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , and the Hendrick Motorsports driver was 13th in points. Unfortunately, he was outside the top 16 in the Chase standings. Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , AJ Allmendinger , Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola trailed Kahne in points. But they were among those that had wins. They had invitations to the dance. At the time, Kahne had managed only two top-five finishes. His average finishing position was 16.8. He hadn't been to the victory lane since midway through the previous season. So he and his team went out and won at Atlanta Motor Speedway . It earned Kahne one of the final Chase spots and the No. 5 team a second chance. It wasn't quite as easy as it sounds. Kevin Harvick , as was often the case, was dominant at AMS. Kahne fell a lap down early. The team battled back. He didn't take the lead for the first time until Lap 303 of the scheduled 325-lap race. Suddenly, he seemed to be on his way to the win. Then cautions appeared, forcing two late restarts. Green, white, checkered late. Kahne's lead was lost on pit road. Yet somehow he muscled his way past Matt Kenseth coming to the white flag, holding on for the win and a spot in the Chase. It's a similar position for the 35-year-old this year. Two races remain -- stops at Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway -- before the field is finalized for this year's 10-race run to determine the Sprint Cup champion. Kahne is once again winless. He is not alone. Teammate Jeff Gordon has finished inside the top five only three times this year. The four-time champion is ahead of Clint Bowyer in the playoff picture, with a wider margin back to folks such as Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle . A year ago Gordon had three wins and a vise-like grip on first place in the points. Bowyer's got a pair of top-fives, but much of the attention around the No. 15 team of Michael Waltrip Racing centers on where Bowyer will call home next season. Paul Menard has a razor-thin lead on Gordon in points, but taking nothing for granted. Can anyone? Matt Kenseth 's blown engine at Bristol last week, leaving the Joe Gibbs driver 42nd in the final rundown, didn't go unnoticed. Things not only can happen, they often do. With 10 drivers already secure -- 11 if you go ahead and give Kyle Busch one of the spots although he's close enough to the fault line that a misstep could make things interesting -- and two races remaining, at least three of this year's Chase spots will be filled based on the points standings after Richmond. It could be five, if no new winner emerges in the next two weeks. Few on the fringes, though, have shown signs of contending for wins. Almirola? One top five and only three laps led this season. Biffle? It's shaping up to be the wrong type of career year for the Roush Fenway Racing driver, with just two top-fives and an average finish of 20th. Austin Dillon ? Kyle Larson ? Both have shown potential. Both are winless. Kahne? Well, who knows? The question isn't can it be done. Kahne's already proven that it's possible. The question is who among those can pull it off?
The Joe Gibbs Racing teams of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth , which combined to win six of the last nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, will each lose 15 minutes of practice time next weekend when the series heads to Darlington Raceway . The two were among 11 teams issued warnings arising from pre-qualifying and pre-race inspection issues at Bristol Motor Speedway , site of the Aug. 22 Irwin Tools Night Race . Busch's No. 18 team failed pre-race inspection four times on Saturday. Busch finished eighth in the race. Kenseth's No. 20 team was penalized for failing pre-race inspection on its first two attempts, as well as failing to get to inspection at the allotted time. Kenseth finished 42nd after when an engine issue sidelined the 2003 Sprint Cup champion after 110 laps of the 500-lap race. NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is not competing this weekend. The Bojangles' Southern 500 is scheduled for Sept. 6 at Darlington (7 p.m., NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The 15-minute penalties will be enforced when opening practice gets underway on Friday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. Kenseth is currently fourth in the Chase Grid and has a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff locked up. Busch, who missed the first 11 races of the season due to injuries sustained in a crash at Daytona International Speedway in February, is currently second in the Chase Grid, but needs to clinch a top 30 position in the point standings over the final two regular-season races before he officially locks his spot in the Chase up. Warnings may be issued to teams for a variety of minor infractions. For every fourth warning issued to a team, whether during a championship (points) or non-championship (non-points) event, the loss of pit stall selection will be enforced. Others teams receiving warnings at Bristol for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice were: No. 22 ( Joey Logano / Team Penske ), No. 24 ( Jeff Gordon / Hendrick Motorsports ), No. 7 ( Alex Bowman / Tommy Baldwin Racing ), No. 30 ( Travis Kvapil /TMG) and the No. 98 ( Timmy Hill /Premium Motorsports) Also penalized for being late to inspection were the following teams: No. 40 ( Landon Cassill /Hillman Racing), No. 83 ( Matt DiBenedetto / BK Racing , No. 15 ( Clint Bowyer / Michael Waltrip Racing ) and the No. 11 ( Denny Hamlin / Joe Gibbs Racing ).