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Gordon wins, Logano wrecked at Martinsville

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Monday 2nd November, 2015 - 11:14am

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Jeff Gordon celebrates victory

Jeff Gordon celebrates victory

Jeff Gordon’s quest for a fifth title in his final NASCAR season received a major boost at Martinsville, where Joey Logano’s winning streak came to a dramatic end.

Gordon proved too good for Jamie McMurray on the final restart two laps from home to score a highly popular 93rd career victory.

The win in the opening Eliminator round of the Chase guarantees that Gordon will advance to the final Championship round, where the final four play-off for the title.

At 44 years old, Hendrick Chevrolet veteran Gordon has been chasing a fifth title since 2002 and had gone winless in 39 races.

“We’re going to Homestead,” beamed Gordon, whose Victory Lane celebrations were completed in near darkness after the start was delayed by rain.

Winner of the previous three races, Team Penske’s Joey Logano, led 207 laps before being wrecked by rival Matt Kenseth with less than 50 to go.

The incident followed Logano spinning Kenseth from the lead during the closing stages at Kansas two races ago.

“It was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team,” said Logano of Kenseth.

“Just a complete coward. I don’t have anything else to say. It’s a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over.”

Dismissing Logano’s comments, a relaxed Kenseth claimed that he had a right-front tyre going down due to damage from an earlier clash with Logano’s team-mate Brad Keselowski.

“Some days you’re the bat and some days you’re the ball,” said Kenseth, who had hinted at retribution in the immediate aftermath of the Kansas incident. “It’s never fun when you’re the ball.”

The previous contact with Keselowski had seen Kenseth spin into the path of Kurt Busch, whose title hopes also took a severe dent as a result.

Kenseth’s team-mate Denny Hamlin took third for Joe Gibbs, while Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr rounded out the top six.

Gordon now leads the Chase standings from Kyle Busch, Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Logano with two races remaining to set the field of four for the finale.

VIDEO: Race wrap

 

RESULTS: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 – Martinsville Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 5 500 35 Running 47 4
2 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 4 500 0 Running 42 0
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 10 500 3 Running 42 1
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 22 500 0 Running 40 0
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 6 500 0 Running 39 0
6 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 2 500 27 Running 39 1
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 7 500 0 Running 37 0
8 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 12 500 38 Running 37 1
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 24 500 0 Running 35 0
10 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 13 500 0 Running 34 0
11 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 3 500 19 Running 34 1
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 21 500 0 Running 32 0
13 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 23 500 0 Running 31 0
14 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 14 500 0 Running 30 0
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 26 500 0 Running 29 0
16 43 Aric Almirola Ford 8 500 0 Running 28 0
17 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 19 500 0 Running 27 0
18 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 30 500 6 Running 27 1
19 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 9 500 0 Running 25 0
20 35 Cole Whitt Ford 31 500 0 Running 24 0
21 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 27 500 0 Running 0 0
22 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 41 499 0 Running 22 0
23 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 498 0 Running 21 0
24 38 David Gilliland Ford 33 498 0 Running 20 0
25 55 David Ragan Toyota 28 498 0 Running 19 0
26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 25 497 0 Running 18 0
27 23 Jeb Burton Toyota 35 496 0 Running 17 0
28 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 20 493 0 Running 16 0
29 26 J.J. Yeley Toyota 39 492 0 Running 0 0
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 36 492 0 Running 14 0
31 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 32 491 0 Running 13 0
32 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 11 490 143 Running 13 1
33 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 43 489 0 Running 11 0
34 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 15 486 22 Running 11 1
35 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 34 479 0 Running 9 0
36 62 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 42 459 0 Running 0 0
37 22 Joey Logano Ford 1 458 207 Running 9 2
38 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 18 443 0 Parked 6 0
39 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 29 423 0 Running 5 0
40 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 16 391 0 Accident 4 0
41 32 Kyle Fowler Ford 40 373 0 Brakes 3 0
42 98 Ryan Preece Ford 37 365 0 Running 2 0
43 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 17 185 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 4047 Leader 33 1 5 18 1
2 Kyle Busch 4039 -8 22 4 9 13 2
3 Martin Truex Jr 4039 -8 33 1 8 21 2
4 Kevin Harvick 4037 -10 33 3 20 25 1
5 Carl Edwards 4030 -17 33 2 6 14 2
6 Brad Keselowski 4013 -34 33 1 7 22 1
7 Kurt Busch 4011 -36 30 2 10 18 0
8 Joey Logano 4009 -38 33 6 20 26 0
9 Denny Hamlin 2251 -1796 33 2 14 18 2
10 Ryan Newman 2231 -1816 33 0 5 15 1
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2221 -1826 33 2 15 20 1
12 Jamie McMurray 2201 -1846 33 0 4 9 2
13 Matt Kenseth 2197 -1850 33 5 12 19 4
14 Jimmie Johnson 2193 -1854 33 4 12 19 1
15 Paul Menard 2177 -1870 33 0 2 5 1
16 Clint Bowyer 2124 -1923 33 0 2 12 2
17 Aric Almirola 877 -3170 33 0 3 5 2
18 Kasey Kahne 872 -3175 33 0 3 10 3
19 Kyle Larson 802 -3245 32 0 1 9 4
20 Greg Biffle 796 -3251 33 0 3 4 0
21 Austin Dillon 745 -3302 33 0 1 5 3
22 Casey Mears 712 -3335 33 0 0 1 3
23 AJ Allmendinger 687 -3360 33 0 0 3 3
24 Danica Patrick 665 -3382 33 0 0 2 4
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 664 -3383 33 0 1 3 2
26 Tony Stewart 661 -3386 33 0 0 3 4
27 Sam Hornish Jr 657 -3390 33 0 0 3 2
28 David Ragan 636 -3411 33 0 1 1 6
29 Trevor Bayne 614 -3433 33 0 0 2 3
30 Justin Allgaier 537 -3510 33 0 0 1 5
31 Cole Whitt 509 -3538 33 0 0 0 3
32 David Gilliland 491 -3556 33 0 0 0 3
33 Alex Bowman 410 -3637 32 0 0 0 5
34 Brett Moffitt 387 -3660 28 0 0 1 1
35 Matt DiBenedetto 366 -3681 30 0 0 0 1
36 Michael Annett 359 -3688 32 0 0 0 3
37 Josh Wise 249 -3798 23 0 0 1 4
38 Jeb Burton 199 -3848 26 0 0 0 4
39 Michael McDowell 192 -3855 14 0 0 0 1
40 Alex Kennedy 120 -3927 13 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 74 -3973 9 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 60 -3987 4 0 0 0 1
43 Michael Waltrip 58 -3989 3 0 0 0 0
44 Brian Vickers 32 -4015 2 0 0 0 0
45 Ryan Preece 14 -4033 2 0 0 0 0
46 Will Kimmel III 11 -4036 2 0 0 0 0
47 Mike Wallace 8 -4039 1 0 0 0 0
48 T.J. Bell 7 -4040 1 0 0 0 0
49 Eddie MacDonald 7 -4040 1 0 0 0 0
50 Kyle Fowler 3 -4044 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -4045 1 0 0 0 1
52 Ryan Blaney 0 -4047 14 0 1 2 4
53 Brian Scott 0 -4047 9 0 0 0 3
54 Landon Cassill 0 -4047 33 0 0 0 6
55 Ty Dillon 0 -4047 4 0 0 0 0
56 J.J. Yeley 0 -4047 31 0 0 0 4
57 Regan Smith 0 -4047 4 0 0 0 0
58 HendrickChase Elliott 0 -4047 5 0 0 0 1
59 Matt Crafton 0 -4047 1 0 0 0 0
60 Johnny Sauter 0 -4047 1 0 0 0 0
61 Chris Buescher 0 -4047 6 0 0 0 0
62 Boris Said 0 -4047 2 0 0 0 0
63 Brendan Gaughan 0 -4047 8 0 0 0 2
64 Justin Marks 0 -4047 1 0 0 0 0
65 Mike Bliss 0 -4047 10 0 0 0 0
66 Travis Kvapil 0 -4047 4 0 0 0 0
67 Joe Nemechek 0 -4047 1 0 0 0 0
68 B J McLeod 0 -4047 1 0 0 0 0
69 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 -4047 2 0 0 0 0
70 Timmy Hill 0 -4047 11 0 0 0 2
71 Joey Gase 0 -4047 2 0 0 0 1
72 Derek White 0 -4047 1 0 0 0 0
73 Jeff Green 0 -4047 1 0 0 0 0
74 Erik Jones 0 -4047 1 0 0 0 0
75 Tanner Berryhill 0 -4047 0 0 0 0 0

 

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