Pole-sitter Jeff Gordon will go to a backup car after it was damaged when Danica Patrick’s car spun late in Saturday’s final practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Patrick spun and Gordon hit Patrick’s car. The damage forced Gordon’s team to go to a backup car. He’ll start at the rear of the field because of the move.
Gordon raced his backup car last season at Chicagoland, Charlotte and Texas. He finished second at Chicagoland and Charlotte during the Chase. He was racing for the lead late at Texas before contact with Brad Keselowski saddled Gordon with a 29th-place finish.
Also, David Ragan, driving for the injured Kyle Busch, hit the Turn 2 wall in the final minutes of the practice session.
The Joe Gibbs Racing team rolled out a backup car for Ragan.