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Sunday 11th May, 2014 - 2:40pm

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Gordon holds-off Harvick in Kansas

Gordon holds-off Harvick in Kansas

Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon has registered his first race win of the season with victory in Kansas.

Gordon, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary since his first win at the Cup level, held off Kevin Harvick over the final laps to secure his 89th career victory taking the chequered flag in the 5-Hour Energy 400.

It’s the four-time champion’s first win since Martinsville last autumn and it earned him a place in the record book as the first winner of a night race at the track.

“I knew we had a fast race car. We’ve had a fast race car every single week. And that’s just given me so much confidence,” said Gordon.

“Kevin was tough. He was so strong. I did not know if I could hold him off and I almost didn’t there at the end.

“This is so sweet. What a huge weight lifted on this team’s shoulders.”

Kasey Kahne, Gordon’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, finished third while Joey Logano was fourth. In fifth was a third Hendrick driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Rounding out the top 10 were Carl Edwards, Danica Patrick, Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth. Patrick had by far her most impressive effort on a non-restrictor plate track.

Pole sitter Harvick led the most laps in the race. After dominating the opening period of the race, Harvick’s night was put on the back foot when a spin by Australian Marcos Ambrose on Lap 110 produced a caution. Harvick had pitted as the leader six laps earlier while most of the rest of the field did not. That put him a lap off the pace. He did get the free pass, but when the race went green, he was outside of the top 15. His effort in climbing back through the pack came up just two car lengths short at the finish.

The biggest incident of the night occurred when Justin Allgaier and David Gilliland came together in a hard wreck. Both drivers walked away with Gilliland left sore after the hard hit.

“The 51 (Allgaier) came back up the track and I hit him and from there a lot of stuff happened,” said Gilliland.

“We are alright though. Just a little sore obviously. That is one of the hardest hits I have had in awhile. Hopefully it will be the hardest one for awhile to come too.”

A disappointing night for Ambrose who’s spin came after battling handling issues. He would come home 25th at the finish.

Next week the racing action continues for non-championship points with the All-Star event in Charlotte.

VIDEO: Gordon wins in Kansas

VIDEO: Gilliland and Allgair crash

 

RESULTS: 5Hour Energy 400 – Kansas Speedway 

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 13 267 9 Running 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 267 119 Running 44 2
3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 17 267 22 Running 42 1
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 267 63 Running 41 1
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 22 267 9 Running 40 1
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford 4 267 6 Running 39 1
7 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 9 267 0 Running 37 0
8 43 Aric Almirola Ford 12 267 0 Running 36 0
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 14 267 24 Running 36 1
10 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28 267 1 Running 35 1
11 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 7 267 0 Running 33 0
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 5 267 0 Running 32 0
13 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 3 267 13 Running 32 1
14 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 15 267 0 Running 30 0
15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 24 267 1 Running 30 1
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford 10 267 0 Running 28 0
17 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 16 266 0 Running 27 0
18 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30 266 0 Running 26 0
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 19 266 0 Running 25 0
20 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 8 266 0 Running 24 0
21 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 26 266 0 Running 23 0
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 20 265 0 Running 22 0
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 23 264 0 Running 21 0
24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 25 264 0 Running 20 0
25 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 34 264 0 Running 19 0
26 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 27 264 0 Running 18 0
27 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 21 263 0 Running 0 0
28 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 36 263 0 Running 16 0
29 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 6 263 0 Running 15 0
30 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 29 262 0 Running 14 0
31 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 43 262 0 Running 0 0
32 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 37 261 0 Running 12 0
33 98 Josh Wise Ford 32 261 0 Running 11 0
34 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 41 258 0 Running 10 0
35 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 33 257 0 Running 9 0
36 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 18 186 0 Accident 8 0
37 38 David Gilliland Ford 39 184 0 Accident 7 0
38 34 David Ragan Ford 38 171 0 Running 6 0
39 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 11 149 0 Accident 5 0
40 33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 42 137 0 Engine 4 0
41 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 35 136 0 Engine 0 0
42 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 40 63 0 Accident 0 0
43 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 31 57 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS:

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 394 Leader 11 1 5 8 0
2 Matt Kenseth 379 -15 11 0 3 8 0
3 Kyle Busch 373 -21 11 1 3 5 0
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr 368 -26 11 1 6 7 1
5 Carl Edwards 367 -27 11 1 2 6 1
6 Joey Logano 346 -48 11 2 6 6 2
7 Jimmie Johnson 340 -54 11 0 3 6 0
8 Ryan Newman 332 -62 11 0 0 4 0
9 Greg Biffle 328 -66 11 0 2 4 0
10 Brian Vickers 327 -67 11 0 2 4 0
11 Brad Keselowski 326 -68 11 1 4 4 0
12 Denny Hamlin 318 -76 10 1 2 3 0
13 Kyle Larson 318 -76 11 0 2 5 1
14 Austin Dillon 306 -88 11 0 0 1 0
15 Kevin Harvick 302 -92 11 2 3 5 2
16 Kasey Kahne 294 -100 11 0 1 4 1
17 AJ Allmendinger 293 -101 11 0 1 3 0
18 Paul Menard 292 -102 11 0 1 5 0
19 Marcos Ambrose 288 -106 11 0 2 2 0
20 Clint Bowyer 282 -112 11 0 1 3 2
21 Aric Almirola 278 -116 11 0 1 3 2
22 Tony Stewart 268 -126 11 0 2 4 1
23 Casey Mears 262 -132 11 0 0 1 0
24 Jamie McMurray 246 -148 11 0 0 2 2
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 240 -154 11 0 1 3 0
26 Martin Truex Jr 232 -162 11 0 0 1 1
27 Danica Patrick 213 -181 11 0 0 1 1
28 Kurt Busch 211 -183 11 1 2 2 4
29 Justin Allgaier 198 -196 11 0 0 0 2
30 Michael Annett 163 -231 11 0 0 0 2
31 David Gilliland 159 -235 11 0 0 0 2
32 Cole Whitt 147 -247 11 0 0 0 1
33 Reed Sorenson 143 -251 11 0 0 0 3
34 Alex Bowman 141 -253 11 0 0 0 2
35 David Ragan 137 -257 11 0 0 0 1
36 Josh Wise 130 -264 10 0 0 0 0
37 Travis Kvapil 82 -312 9 0 0 0 0
38 Ryan Truex 78 -316 9 0 0 0 3
39 Parker Kligerman 54 -340 8 0 0 0 4
40 Michael McDowell 49 -345 6 0 0 0 3
41 Terry Labonte 44 -350 2 0 0 0 0
42 David Reutimann 37 -357 3 0 0 0 0
43 Bobby Labonte 29 -365 1 0 0 0 0
44 Jeff Burton 27 -367 1 0 0 0 0
45 Michael Waltrip 23 -371 2 0 0 0 1
46 David Stremme 22 -372 3 0 0 0 1
47 Timmy Hill 11 -383 3 0 0 0 2
48 Dave Blaney 4 -390 2 0 0 0 2
49 Landon Cassill 0 -394 9 0 0 0 1
50 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -394 1 0 0 0 0
51 Trevor Bayne 0 -394 4 0 0 0 2
52 Brian Scott 0 -394 4 0 0 0 1
53 Ryan Blaney 0 -394 1 0 0 0 0
54 Joe Nemechek 0 -394 7 0 0 0 2
55 Blake Koch 0 -394 1 0 0 0 0
56 J.J. Yeley 0 -394 2 0 0 0 2
57 Morgan Shepherd 0 -394 1 0 0 0 1

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