Gordon and Kahne make Hendrick’s day at Dover

Gordon's scored first win at Dover since 2001

Gordon’s scored first win at Dover since 2001

Jeff Gordon came out on top to win the AAA 400 at Dover and in further good news for Hendrick Motorsports his team-mate Kasey Kahne advanced to the next round of the Chase.

The battle to remain in The Chase proved the biggest focal point at Dover as the new-for-2014 system saw its first four drivers eliminated.

Kahne secured the final of 12 transfer spots for Round 2 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup as AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola were eliminated.

Four more drivers will be eliminated after the sixth race of the 10-race Chase, at Talladega Superspeedway on 19 October.

After the Dover result, no one was more pleased than team owner Rick Hendrick.

“I think he (Jeff Gordon) found the fountain of youth somewhere,” said Hendrick.

“He wants that fifth championship really bad. This is probably the most — with Kasey trying to get in, Jeff leading — I’m too old for this.”

As well as Gordon and Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports’ other two drivers, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt jr are also through to the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs.

“I didn’t know what happened to (pole-sitter Kevin) Harvick,” said Gordon, who scored his fourth win of the season.

“When I saw him go out, I knew I could compete with the 2 car (Keselowski). I didn’t know if we were going to pull it off, but I’m so proud of this Drive to End Hunger team.
“They have just given me such an awesome race car this year, and I’m having so much fun.”

Kevin Harvick dominated the first half of the race leading the first 147 laps. His only issue was that his front left was bottoming, but it seemed to make no difference as he pulled away out front.

Then during a green flag pit stop the tyre changer had tightened four of the five lug nuts when the car was dropped. As he put the gun towards the final lug the wheel rotated and the gun appeared to strike the valve stem of the tyre. A lap later Harvick had a flat tyre and his chances were over.

Brad Keselowski then inherited the lead and held it until Gordon tracked him down and made a pass for the top position with 94 laps to go.

“We’re handing out early Christmas presents to people winning races that we should be winning,” said Harvick.

“We can beat every car on the race track, we just need some good luck. If we get some good luck, we’ll win races and the championship.”

The long green flag runs that punctuated the race meant that anyone with a poor handling car would be out of the fight. That included Marcos Ambrose who along with that, also battled a right-rear issue to finish in 26th.

As Marcos Ambrose winds down his NASCAR career, the Ford driver finished 26th, two laps behind the leaders.

VIDEO: Gordon wins

VIDEO: Victory Lane

RESULTS: AAA 400 – Dover International Speedway 

POS. CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6 400 94 Running 47 4
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 4 400 78 Running 43 1
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 8 400 0 Running 41 0
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 16 400 0 Running 40 0
5 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 14 400 2 Running 40 1
6 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 7 400 0 Running 38 0
7 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 26 400 0 Running 37 0
8 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 20 400 0 Running 36 0
9 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 9 400 1 Running 36 1
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 2 400 0 Running 34 0
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford 18 400 1 Running 34 1
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 3 400 0 Running 32 0
13 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 399 223 Running 33 2
14 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 15 399 0 Running 30 0
15 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 11 399 0 Running 29 0
16 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 19 399 0 Running 28 0
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 25 399 0 Running 27 0
18 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 22 399 0 Running 26 0
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 24 399 0 Running 25 0
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 12 399 0 Running 24 0
21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 27 399 0 Running 23 0
22 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 5 398 1 Running 23 1
23 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 28 398 0 Running 21 0
24 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 10 398 0 Running 20 0
25 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 13 398 0 Running 19 0
26 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 17 398 0 Running 18 0
27 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 30 397 0 Running 17 0
28 43 Aric Almirola Ford 21 397 0 Running 16 0
29 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 23 395 0 Running 15 0
30 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 29 395 0 Running 14 0
31 34 David Ragan Ford 37 395 0 Running 13 0
32 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 33 394 0 Running 12 0
33 38 David Gilliland Ford 31 393 0 Running 11 0
34 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 34 391 0 Running 10 0
35 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 36 391 0 Running 0 0
36 37 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 40 391 0 Running 0 0
37 33 David Stremme Chevrolet 38 389 0 Running 7 0
38 83 Travis Kvapil Toyota 42 389 0 Running 6 0
39 32 J.J. Yeley Ford 39 387 0 Running 0 0
40 66 Mike Wallace Toyota 41 384 0 Running 0 0
41 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 35 361 0 Accident 3 0
42 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 32 197 0 2 0
43 44 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 43 11 0 Vibration 1 0

 

STANDINGS 

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Brad Keselowski 3000 Leader 29 5 13 16 1
2 Joey Logano 3000 Leader 29 4 13 18 4
3 Kevin Harvick 3000 Leader 29 2 10 15 2
4 Jimmie Johnson 3000 Leader 29 3 10 18 3
5 Jeff Gordon 3000 Leader 29 4 11 19 0
6 Kyle Busch 3000 Leader 29 1 6 12 4
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr 3000 Leader 29 3 11 17 2
8 Matt Kenseth 3000 Leader 29 0 11 18 2
9 Ryan Newman 3000 Leader 29 0 2 11 1
10 Carl Edwards 3000 Leader 29 2 6 11 2
11 Denny Hamlin 3000 Leader 28 1 6 12 2
12 Kasey Kahne 3000 Leader 29 1 3 10 3
13 AJ Allmendinger 2077 -923 29 1 2 4 3
14 Kurt Busch 2073 -927 29 1 6 8 5
15 Greg Biffle 2072 -928 29 0 3 10 1
16 Aric Almirola 2061 -939 29 1 2 7 6
17 Kyle Larson 859 -2141 29 0 7 14 3
18 Clint Bowyer 817 -2183 29 0 4 12 3
19 Jamie McMurray 805 -2195 29 0 4 10 3
20 Paul Menard 781 -2219 29 0 4 11 0
21 Austin Dillon 779 -2221 29 0 1 3 0
22 Brian Vickers 765 -2235 29 0 3 8 2
23 Marcos Ambrose 702 -2298 29 0 3 5 1
24 Martin Truex Jr 679 -2321 29 0 0 4 2
25 Casey Mears 653 -2347 29 0 1 2 0
26 Tony Stewart 639 -2361 26 0 2 6 2
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 613 -2387 29 0 1 5 2
28 Danica Patrick 597 -2403 29 0 0 3 3
29 Justin Allgaier 515 -2485 29 0 0 0 5
30 David Gilliland 446 -2554 29 0 0 0 4
31 Michael Annett 422 -2578 29 0 0 0 5
32 David Ragan 409 -2591 29 0 0 0 3
33 Cole Whitt 401 -2599 29 0 0 0 3
34 Reed Sorenson 395 -2605 29 0 0 0 5
35 Alex Bowman 345 -2655 29 0 0 0 4
36 Josh Wise 343 -2657 28 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 193 -2807 23 0 0 0 8
38 Michael McDowell 178 -2822 13 0 0 1 4
39 Travis Kvapil 173 -2827 19 0 0 0 1
40 Jeff Burton 87 -2913 4 0 0 0 0
41 Terry Labonte 77 -2923 3 0 0 0 0
42 David Stremme 75 -2925 10 0 0 0 2
43 Bobby Labonte 54 -2946 3 0 0 0 1
44 Parker Kligerman 54 -2946 8 0 0 0 4
45 Michael Waltrip 48 -2952 3 0 0 0 1
46 Juan Pablo Montoya 47 -2953 2 0 0 0 0
47 Alex Kennedy 47 -2953 5 0 0 0 2
48 Dave Blaney 46 -2954 7 0 0 0 3
49 Brett Moffitt 44 -2956 4 0 0 0 1
50 David Reutimann 37 -2963 3 0 0 0 0
51 Timmy Hill 32 -2968 7 0 0 0 4
52 Boris Said 28 -2972 2 0 0 0 0
53 Nelson Piquet Jr 18 -2982 1 0 0 0 0
54 Eddie MacDonald 9 -2991 1 0 0 0 0
55 Tomy Drissi 6 -2994 1 0 0 0 0
56 Clay Rogers 1 -2999 1 0 0 0 1
57 Landon Cassill 0 -3000 27 0 0 0 4
58 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
59 Trevor Bayne 0 -3000 9 0 0 0 3
60 Brian Scott 0 -3000 5 0 0 0 1
61 Ty Dillon 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
62 Ryan Blaney 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
63 Joe Nemechek 0 -3000 15 0 0 0 3
64 J.J. Yeley 0 -3000 11 0 0 0 4
65 Blake Koch 0 -3000 3 0 0 0 0
66 Mike Wallace 0 -3000 2 0 0 0 0
67 Mike Bliss 0 -3000 6 0 0 0 4
68 Regan Smith 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 1
69 Joey Gase 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
70 Morgan Shepherd 0 -3000 2 0 0 0 1
71 Corey Lajoie 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 0
72 Johnny Sauter 0 -3000 1 0 0 0 1
73 Eric McClure 0 -3000 0 0 0 0 0
74 Matt Crafton 0 -3000 0 0 0 0 0

 

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