Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, was angry with himself after finishing second to Denny Hamlin in Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Gordon is currently on the outside of the Chase for the Cup points standings, in which the top 10 drivers automatically qualify for a 10-race playoff while two wild-card drivers are selected based on wins and points. All other Sprint Cup drivers are just circling the track during those races with no hopes of winning the series championship, although they can still pick up the winner's paycheck.
Gordon could have helped his chances with a victory Sunday, but after a late crash brought the field together for a two-lap race to the finish, Gordon missed a chance in Turn 3 on the last lap to overtake Hamlin for the victory.
“I guess I'm getting soft in my old age,” said Gordon, 41, of not moving alongside Hamlin when he had the chance. “I'm too nice. Fifteen years ago, I would have just moved him right up the racetrack. I don't know why I didn't do that.”