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Jeff Gordon wins fifth Brickyard 400

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Monday 28th July, 2014 - 6:48am

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Gordon celebrates his fifth win at the 'Brickyard'

Gordon celebrates his fifth win at the ‘Brickyard’

Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard 400 in 1994, now he has his fifth after taking victory in the 21st edition at Indianapolis.

In a case of what was meant to be, the Mayor of Indianapolis declared prior to the race that it was “Jeff Gordon Day” in the city and he delivered.

He is the most successful NASCAR driver at Indy and ties him with Michael Schumacher whose five F1 wins is considered the gold standard at the track.

Gordon set up the win when he won the final restart from the outside to pass Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps remaining.

“I don’t think there is a greater feeling for a race car driver than to have a great team because that is what it took today,” said Gordon.

“I’m not very good on re-starts, but I made the re-start of my life today when it countered the most. I knew we had a great race car today and just needed to get out in front.

“It is such a big race, such an important victory, crucial moment in the season and championship, so it’s clearly an emotional moment. We got number five!”

By the finish it was Kyle Busch in second while Kahne slipped back to sixth.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose finished the race in 22nd after he was forced to start off the back following a transmission change prior to the green flag. Ambrose who is still in with a fighting chance to make the Chase for the Cup, no doubt pleased that Gordon took his second win of the season, and not one of the drivers, like him, who are looking for a victory to lock themselves into NASCAR’s version of the playoffs.

With their Indianapolis results Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano secured spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski clinched their spots two weeks ago at New Hampshire.

The big news prior to the green flag was that Roush Fenway Racing confirmed that Edwards will not be back with the Ford outfit in 2015. Although it has not been confirmed where Edwards will be heading, it is widely tipped that he will join former team-mate Matt Kenseth along with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin at Joe Gibbs Racing aboard a Toyota. Roush Fenway meanwhile has confirmed that it will field entries for Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.

VIDEO: Race finish

VIDEO: Gordon in Victory Lane

 

RESULTS: Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard

CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 2 160 40 Running 47 4
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 12 160 0 Running 42 0
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 27 160 18 Running 42 1
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 13 160 0 Running 40 0
5 22 Joey Logano Ford 9 160 10 Running 40 1
6 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 10 160 70 Running 40 2
7 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 15 160 5 Running 38 1
8 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 160 12 Running 37 1
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 23 160 0 Running 35 0
10 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 17 160 1 Running 35 1
11 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 4 160 0 Running 33 0
12 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 3 160 0 Running 32 0
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 19 160 0 Running 31 0
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 11 160 0 Running 30 0
15 99 Carl Edwards Ford 18 160 0 Running 29 0
16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 16 160 3 Running 29 1
17 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 6 160 0 Running 27 0
18 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 36 160 0 Running 26 0
19 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 5 160 0 Running 25 0
20 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 24 160 0 Running 24 0
21 43 Aric Almirola Ford 41 160 0 Running 23 0
22 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 22 160 0 Running 22 0
23 12 Juan Pablo Montoya Ford 8 160 0 Running 21 0
24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 21 160 0 Running 20 0
25 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 25 160 0 Running 19 0
26 95 Michael McDowell Ford 28 160 0 Running 18 0
27 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 31 159 0 Running 17 0
28 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 7 159 0 Running 16 0
29 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 30 159 0 Running 15 0
30 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 37 158 0 Running 0 0
31 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 33 158 1 Running 14 1
32 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 39 158 0 Running 12 0
33 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 26 158 0 Running 11 0
34 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29 158 0 Running 10 0
35 34 David Ragan Ford 38 158 0 Running 9 0
36 38 David Gilliland Ford 34 157 0 Running 8 0
37 37 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 43 157 0 Running 7 0
38 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 42 156 0 Running 6 0
39 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 40 156 0 Running 5 0
40 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 35 156 0 Running 4 0
41 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 32 149 0 Running 3 0
42 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 14 114 0 Rear Gear 2 0
43 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 20 96 0 Accident 0 0

 

 STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 717 Leader 20 2 7 14 0
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr 693 -24 20 2 9 14 1
3 Brad Keselowski 666 -51 20 3 9 10 0
4 Matt Kenseth 661 -56 20 0 8 13 1
5 Jimmie Johnson 628 -89 20 3 6 12 2
6 Kyle Busch 609 -108 20 1 6 9 2
7 Ryan Newman 606 -111 20 0 2 7 0
8 Carl Edwards 603 -114 20 2 4 8 2
9 Joey Logano 591 -126 20 2 7 10 4
10 Clint Bowyer 577 -140 20 0 2 8 2
11 Denny Hamlin 572 -145 19 1 5 8 1
12 Kevin Harvick 565 -152 20 2 5 9 2
13 Kyle Larson 562 -155 20 0 4 9 2
14 Austin Dillon 559 -158 20 0 1 3 0
15 Kasey Kahne 555 -162 20 0 2 8 3
16 Paul Menard 551 -166 20 0 3 9 0
17 Greg Biffle 550 -167 20 0 2 5 1
18 Brian Vickers 532 -185 20 0 3 6 1
19 Tony Stewart 529 -188 20 0 2 6 1
20 Marcos Ambrose 511 -206 20 0 2 4 0
21 Jamie McMurray 499 -218 20 0 2 5 3
22 Aric Almirola 496 -221 20 1 2 4 3
23 AJ Allmendinger 466 -251 20 0 1 3 1
24 Martin Truex Jr 465 -252 20 0 0 3 1
25 Kurt Busch 456 -261 20 1 4 4 5
26 Casey Mears 455 -262 20 0 1 2 0
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 397 -320 20 0 1 4 1
28 Danica Patrick 382 -335 20 0 0 2 3
29 Justin Allgaier 343 -374 20 0 0 0 4
30 Michael Annett 325 -392 20 0 0 0 2
31 David Gilliland 284 -433 20 0 0 0 4
32 Cole Whitt 282 -435 20 0 0 0 2
33 David Ragan 262 -455 20 0 0 0 2
34 Reed Sorenson 245 -472 20 0 0 0 5
35 Alex Bowman 244 -473 20 0 0 0 4
36 Josh Wise 239 -478 19 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 145 -572 17 0 0 0 5
38 Michael McDowell 138 -579 10 0 0 1 3
39 Travis Kvapil 113 -604 13 0 0 0 1
40 Terry Labonte 77 -640 3 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 54 -663 3 0 0 0 1
42 Parker Kligerman 54 -663 8 0 0 0 4
43 Jeff Burton 51 -666 2 0 0 0 0
44 Michael Waltrip 48 -669 3 0 0 0 1
45 Juan Pablo Montoya 47 -670 2 0 0 0 0
46 David Stremme 43 -674 6 0 0 0 2
47 David Reutimann 37 -680 3 0 0 0 0
48 Brett Moffitt 32 -685 2 0 0 0 0
49 Timmy Hill 22 -695 5 0 0 0 3
50 Dave Blaney 16 -701 4 0 0 0 2
51 Alex Kennedy 10 -707 2 0 0 0 1
52 Boris Said 9 -708 1 0 0 0 0
53 Eddie MacDonald 9 -708 1 0 0 0 0
54 Tomy Drissi 6 -711 1 0 0 0 0
55 Landon Cassill 0 -717 18 0 0 0 3
56 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -717 1 0 0 0 0
57 Trevor Bayne 0 -717 8 0 0 0 3
58 Brian Scott 0 -717 5 0 0 0 1
59 Ryan Blaney 0 -717 1 0 0 0 0
60 Blake Koch 0 -717 3 0 0 0 0
61 Joe Nemechek 0 -717 9 0 0 0 2
62 J.J. Yeley 0 -717 6 0 0 0 3
63 Morgan Shepherd 0 -717 2 0 0 0 1
64 Mike Bliss 0 -717 2 0 0 0 2
65 Eric McClure 0 -717 0 0 0 0 0
66 Matt Crafton 0 -717 0 0 0 0 0

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