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2012 Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon Blows An Engine

As we near the mid way point of the 2012 Daytona 500, Hendrick Motosports' Jeff Gordon's night has ended as the No. 24 car blew an engine. The three-time Daytona winner's car started spouting flames shortly after the 85-lap mark

Gordon could be heard over the radio explaining the issue to his crew and lamenting the blown engine.

"I have a feeling that water pressure gauge was not working properly. I have no idea where that came from."

"I've been smelling something. I thought it was coming from somebody else."

"I'm sorry, guys. We had a good piece, and we were just taking our time to be there at the end."

An animated gif of Gordon's blown engine below:

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