"Why Did He Finish 27th?"
I mean he was 19th and he rid that car to a very high place back in Dover! That doesn't matter in the big picture though, what matters is how much luck you've got and if you're a smart driver. Is David a smart driver? Yes. Was luck on his side last night? Hell no! If you didn't watch the race or didn't have your scanner on, this quote will sum it all up for you.
"Long green flag runs, chain broke somewhere around a tire, car just wasn't working with him. It was sad." (by one the most knowledgble Gilly fans, MMGal)
Yup, pitting at the wrong time, a broken chain and a car that just wasn't cooperating were all causes of this dissapointing finish at Atlanta. But things could've been worse, David could've been involved in that gruesome 5 car pile - up or his car could've had major problems like Michael Waltrip's! So yes, maybe I'm blowing this off too easily but really, what did David have to lose? He was and isn't going to come close to making the chase and well, maybe it's good that he got a chance to see what cars don't mesh with his stratey of driving!
Now, DG has reasons to wave this off but do the fans? We've been waiting for a win all year and have never got one! But we did get to see that smokin' paint scheme of David's (it was f'n amazing!) and we did see David cut off Jimmie Johnson for a while (you can't not smile about this DG fans!) so my advise is to not get off that roller-coaster yet Gilly fans, it's gonna have a strong finish!