Gordon Describes His Back As 'Not Great'

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon says his back is "not great" since suffering spasms at Charlotte in May. (Photo: Getty Images)

LONG POND, Pa. - Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon says his back has not been the same since spasms forced him out of the car at Charlotte in May.

Gordon ran only 11 laps the day before the Coca-Cola 600 before exiting the car because of his ailing back. His back responded to treatment, and he drove in that race to continue his streak of consecutive starts, which is at 745 heading into Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

“The back, I don’t think it’s ever going to be the same after what happened at Charlotte,’’ Gordon said Friday. “I don’t know exactly what transpired there. It’s not the same. I have to be much more careful. I’m just having to treat it more, ice and (electric stimulation), be more careful, more stretching.

“Is it going to flare up again? It could, but I’m just trying to be more cautious. It’s not great, that’s for sure.’’

Gordon enters this weekend as the points leader after scoring his second win of the season last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 from Pocono Raceway starting at noon (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.

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