No Friends For Gordon

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Jeff Gordon had a top-five finish in Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway, but he raised the ire of several drivers along the way.

Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler and Martin Truex Jr. were three drivers who weren't pleased with Gordon's aggressive driving style in Sunday's first road course race of the 2010 season.

"A tough finish for our Miller Lite Dodge because our finish doesn't reflect how strong our car was today," said Busch who finished 32nd after suffering a cut tire when he made contact with others late in the race. "I just knew that something else was going to happen, especially when they put the 47 (Marcos Ambrose) behind us. I tried to give the 24 (Gordon) all the room that I could, but he got into us so hard that he cut down our right-rear tire and we had to pit under green and lost almost 30 positions."

Sadler looked like he was on the way to a much-needed solid finish but it didn't work out that way.

"It was a frustrating day," Sadler said. "We got taken out by Gordon and it's just frustrating. This is one of the best tracks for us and one of the good chances we had this year for a top 10. It's a shame. He took out Martin Truex for no reason. The 33 (Truex) and me were side-by-side and he got two-for-one there, so he was just kind of knocking everything out of his way. It's just tough for my race team."

Truex Jr.'s day ended with getting caught up in a multi-car accident on the frontstretch that brought out a red flag. But earlier in the race he was involved in an incident with Gordon.

"The last one was just the victim of circumstance," Truex Jr. said. "We got put in by Jeff Gordon. Getting spun out there on that restart is what got us in the back there. We should have never been in that position.

"I guess Jeff figured he couldn't catch us on the race track he was going to spin us out on the restart. That's the difference between me and him. That's why I'm here, that's why he's out there and that's why I'm pissed off."

Gordon understands the aggressive nature of Sunday's race and that there may be some retaliation coming his way because of it.

"Whatever is coming back to me, I understand," he said. "When you blatantly get into a guy like that, you can say you are sorry all you want and I certainly had no intentions on what happened with him.

"I will try and explain that to Martin. I feel terrible because Martin races a lot of guys clean out there. He had a good run going and I ruined that for him. It was pretty wild and crazy. I made a lot of guys mad today. I certainly owe Martin Truex an apology. He was just racing as clean as he could and I was racing with Juan Pablo (Montoya) and I just got in there and took him straight out. I feel awful about that."

As for the other two drivers who were upset, Gordon had different views on each.

"Kurt Busch had everything coming to him that I gave him because he gave it to me on the restart before that, so I don't feel sorry about that," Gordon said. "I certainly do with Martin. With Elliott, I feel bad. I was racing him hard, he was blocking me but we was trying to race somebody else too but that was probably my fault as well.

"There was a lot of that going on out there. I got a little frustrated because we had a good race car and we got shuffled there a little bit on some of those restarts and we were playing catch-up from that point on."

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