Gordon Still Winless

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Jeff Gordon was in contention for a win Saturday night in the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway but the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion was once again shut out of victory lane.

Gordon missed the pit road entrance while running third Saturday night when he tried to pit with 30 laps left in the race.

That dropped him back in the pack and although he eventually rallied to finish fourth, Gordon once again had an opportunity for victory slip through his hands.

"We were going to come in and pit a little early and take two,” Gordon said. “I just didn't signal the guys behind me and I was going to get run over. I just didn't get slowed down good enough. My fault.

“Of course, (crew chief) Steve (Letarte) is saying if we had pitted and the caution would have come out, we might have been in worse trouble, but I still don't like making mistakes like that."

Gordon led 110 laps on the night including the first 37 of the race.

“They dropped the green and we were just a rocket,” Gordon said. “You have to worry sometimes here, as long of a race as it is, when it cools down how you are going to maintain that kind of speed and stay on top of the adjustments. We got off a little bit and some other guys ended up being a little bit better than us at times.

“Track position was just key tonight. I made a mistake there and lost the track position. They gave me an awesome car and drove up there to fourth....pretty happy with that.”

Despite the disappointment of the night Gordon moved up two spots in the Sprint Cup Series point standings and refuses to get down on his team - or himself.

“That’s what happens when you make a mistake,” Gordon said. “You have to make it up to your guys who worked so hard all weekend long to give you a race car like that.”

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