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Jeff Gordon claims third 2014 win at Michigan

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Monday 18th August, 2014 - 7:08am

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Gordon takes his third of the season

Gordon takes his third of the season

Jeff Gordon has scored his third win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with victory at the Pure Michigan 400.

A crucial re-start with 17 laps to go got him clear of Joey Logano and from that point he drove away for his 91st career win and 227th NASCAR Sprint Cup race victory for Hendrick Motorsports.

In a race where a succession of caution periods flew early and then late, it was a long green flag run in the middle that set-up the battle between Gordon and Logano. Passes were made in the pits, rather than on the track, making Gordon’s race winning move even more impressive. It was his first win at Michigan for 13 years.

“It is never easy to win especially at tracks like this where aerodynamics and track position means so much,” said Gordon.

“That last re-start was it. We had the car to win and whoever got out front had a huge advantage. I got a good re-start and with Joey out there by himself I was able to drive to the rear quarter of him and get to the bottom to drive by. I just needed a couple of laps for my tyres to come in and I was out front and setting sail through to the chequered flag.

“Today was more than just a great race car, the crew made all the right calls and made great stops. These guys are just awesome and it’s always fun celebrating with Rick Hendrick”

Gordon’s other wins this season came in Kansas and Indianapolis. At Indy he made the same move with 17 laps remaining (same as Michigan) and today’s win came in the same chassis.

For Kevin Harvick a second place finish at Michigan tied a different NASCAR record. It was the fourth-straight time a driver has finished second at one track four-times in a row!

“We have been very consistent for the last month which is what we are looking for ahead of the Chase,” said Harvick.

“The speed is there and with the exception of the #24, we still have a little bit of work to do but overall we are making headway.”

Logano held off a determined Paul Menard for third.

“We were battling on these restarts,” said Logano.

“Basically I used every trick in the book I had. Every game that could be played could be played on these restarts. He (Gordon) had position on me going into the corner and was able to carry that into the lead.

“We’re doing everything we need to do. I wish the last caution didn’t come. I’m going to relive that in my mind for the next two weeks.”

After his second place finish at Watkins Glen last week, Australia’s Marcos Ambrose had a solid outing to bring his Ford home in 12th.

“We will take that,” said Ambrose.

“We really wanted a top-10 but we will take 12th and we were a lot better than in the spring so we have made progress and that is good. I am proud of the team for their hard work to make those improvements. We will look forward to Bristol next weekend.”

One of the drives of the race came from Jimmie Johnson who had to use a pair of Vise-Grips to repair his gear shifter midway through the race. He recovered to finish ninth.

NASCAR announced new procedures in relation to exiting crashed cars in the race on Friday. Kyle Larson was the first driver to come into the focus of the new procedure when he hit the wall and his car went up in flames. Although he got out of the vehicle straight away, he stood beside the car until safety crews arrived and was directed away from the scene.

The big test for the new procedure will be next weekend with the 500 lap IRWIN Tools Night Race at the world’s fastest half-mile at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

VIDEO: Final laps

VIDEO: Victory Lane

VIDEO: Kyle Larson incident

RESULTS: Pure Michigan 400 – Michigan International Speedway

POS. CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 1 200 7 Running 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 6 200 0 Running 42 0
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 200 40 Running 43 2
4 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 7 200 0 Running 40 0
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 25 200 0 Running 40 1
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19 200 0 Running 38 0
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 21 200 0 Running 37 0
8 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 5 200 0 Running 37 1
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 30 200 13 Running 36 1
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 11 200 0 Running 34 0
11 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 12 200 3 Running 34 1
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 20 200 0 Running 32 0
13 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 22 200 0 Running 31 0
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 9 200 0 Running 30 0
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 10 200 0 Running 29 0
16 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 15 200 0 Running 29 1
17 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 26 200 0 Running 27 0
18 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 14 200 0 Running 26 0
19 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 4 199 0 Running 25 0
20 43 Aric Almirola Ford 23 199 0 Running 24 0
21 38 David Gilliland Ford 29 199 0 Running 23 0
22 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 8 199 0 Running 22 0
23 99 Carl Edwards Ford 3 198 0 Running 21 0
24 34 David Ragan Ford 34 198 0 Running 20 0
25 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 36 198 0 Running 19 0
26 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 32 198 0 Running 18 0
27 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40 197 0 Running 17 0
28 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 33 197 0 Running 16 0
29 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 43 197 0 Running 0 0
30 83 J.J. Yeley Toyota 31 197 0 Running 0 0
31 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 16 196 0 Running 14 1
32 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 38 196 0 Running 12 0
33 37 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 37 195 0 Running 11 0
34 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 41 195 0 Running 10 0
35 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 42 195 0 Running 0 0
36 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 39 177 0 Accident 8 0
37 14 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 27 176 0 Running 7 0
38 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 18 170 0 Running 6 0
39 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 24 159 0 Running 5 0
40 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 35 155 0 Vibration 4 0
41 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28 153 0 Running 0 0
42 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 17 97 0 Accident 2 0
43 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 13 94 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POSITION DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 816 Leader 23 3 8 16 0
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr 813 -3 23 3 11 16 1
3 Brad Keselowski 733 -83 23 3 9 11 0
4 Joey Logano 714 -102 23 2 9 13 4
5 Matt Kenseth 709 -107 23 0 8 14 2
6 Kevin Harvick 687 -129 23 2 7 12 2
7 Jimmie Johnson 686 -130 23 3 6 13 3
8 Carl Edwards 679 -137 23 2 5 9 2
9 Ryan Newman 679 -137 23 0 2 8 1
10 Clint Bowyer 672 -144 23 0 3 10 2
11 Greg Biffle 660 -156 23 0 3 8 1
12 Kasey Kahne 651 -165 23 0 2 9 3
13 Austin Dillon 638 -178 23 0 1 3 0
14 Kyle Larson 636 -180 23 0 5 10 3
15 Kyle Busch 620 -196 23 1 6 9 3
16 Marcos Ambrose 616 -200 23 0 3 5 0
17 Paul Menard 614 -202 23 0 4 10 0
18 Brian Vickers 598 -218 23 0 3 7 2
19 Jamie McMurray 596 -220 23 0 2 6 3
20 Denny Hamlin 589 -227 22 1 5 10 1
21 Aric Almirola 556 -260 23 1 2 4 4
22 AJ Allmendinger 556 -260 23 1 2 4 2
23 Kurt Busch 543 -273 23 1 5 5 5
24 Casey Mears 543 -273 23 0 1 2 0
25 Tony Stewart 537 -279 21 0 2 6 1
26 Martin Truex Jr 516 -300 23 0 0 3 2
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 476 -340 23 0 1 4 1
28 Danica Patrick 445 -371 23 0 0 2 3
29 Justin Allgaier 400 -416 23 0 0 0 5
30 Michael Annett 364 -452 23 0 0 0 3
31 David Gilliland 357 -459 23 0 0 0 4
32 David Ragan 332 -484 23 0 0 0 2
33 Cole Whitt 325 -491 23 0 0 0 3
34 Reed Sorenson 300 -516 23 0 0 0 5
35 Alex Bowman 283 -533 23 0 0 0 4
36 Josh Wise 281 -535 22 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 174 -642 19 0 0 0 6
38 Travis Kvapil 144 -672 15 0 0 0 1
39 Michael McDowell 140 -676 11 0 0 1 4
40 Terry Labonte 77 -739 3 0 0 0 0
41 Jeff Burton 58 -758 3 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 54 -762 3 0 0 0 1
43 Parker Kligerman 54 -762 8 0 0 0 4
44 Michael Waltrip 48 -768 3 0 0 0 1
45 Juan Pablo Montoya 47 -769 2 0 0 0 0
46 Alex Kennedy 47 -769 5 0 0 0 2
47 Dave Blaney 45 -771 6 0 0 0 2
48 David Stremme 43 -773 6 0 0 0 2
49 David Reutimann 37 -779 3 0 0 0 0
50 Brett Moffitt 32 -784 2 0 0 0 0
51 Boris Said 28 -788 2 0 0 0 0
52 Timmy Hill 22 -794 5 0 0 0 3
53 Nelson Piquet Jr 18 -798 1 0 0 0 0
54 Eddie MacDonald 9 -807 1 0 0 0 0
55 Tomy Drissi 6 -810 1 0 0 0 0
56 Landon Cassill 0 -816 21 0 0 0 4
57 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -816 1 0 0 0 0
58 Trevor Bayne 0 -816 9 0 0 0 3
59 Brian Scott 0 -816 5 0 0 0 1
60 Ryan Blaney 0 -816 1 0 0 0 0
61 Joe Nemechek 0 -816 12 0 0 0 3
62 J.J. Yeley 0 -816 7 0 0 0 3
63 Blake Koch 0 -816 3 0 0 0 0
64 Regan Smith 0 -816 1 0 0 0 1
65 Morgan Shepherd 0 -816 2 0 0 0 1
66 Mike Bliss 0 -816 2 0 0 0 2
67 Johnny Sauter 0 -816 1 0 0 0 1
68 Eric McClure 0 -816 0 0 0 0 0
69 Matt Crafton 0 -816 0 0 0 0 0

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