Gordon holds on for Kansas win

May 10, 2014 No Comments
Gordon wins Kansas

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Brian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

Jeff Gordon has been in position to win on multiple occasions thus far in 2014.

At Auto Club Speedway, Gordon had arguably the best car in the field, but tires were his downfall. At Texas Motor Speedway, Gordon was in the lead coming to the white flag, but lost to eventual winner, Joey Logano. At Richmond International Raceway, Gordon was in the middle of a four-car battle for the win, however the four-time champion came up short yet again.

Despite not earning a win, Gordon has been the model of consistency in the Sprint Cup Series thus far, leading the points after the first 10 races.

However, coming into Kansas, Gordon looked to score his third win at the 1.5-mile track.

Running up near the front throughout the race, Gordon was not the dominant car. That belonged to Kevin Harvick who led a race-high 121 laps.

The turning point of the race for Gordon was the final round of green-flag pit stops. Gordon’s crew put the No.24 Chevrolet ahead of Harvick’s Chevrolet, eventually giving him the race lead.

“I ran out of gas coming to pit road,” Harvick said. “It didn’t get out of my box very well and [Gordon] wound up getting by me there as we came out of our pitstop.”

Once the rest of the cars in the field made their way down pit road for their final stop, it was Gordon taking command of the race lead.

Despite a last-corner charge by Harvick to take the win away, Gordon hung on to win Saturday night’s 5 Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway.

“Kevin was tough. He was so strong,” Gordon said in victory lane after the race. “I did not know if I could hold him off and I almost didn’t there at the end.”

The win is the 89th of Gordon’s career in the Sprint Cup Series, and his record third at the Kansas Speedway.

With the win, Gordon vaults from ninth to third on NASCAR’s Chase Grid despite leading the overall point standings race.

“I knew we had a fast race car, we’ve been bringing fast race cars every single week,” Gordon said. “It’s just given me so much confidence in the race cars and the race team.”

Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano and Dale Eanhardt Jr. rounded out the top-five finishers in Saturday night’s 267-lap event.

While Gordon’s scored the win, many eyes were fixated on the No.10 of Danica Patrick

Patrick, who started ninth, ran inside the top-10 throughout most of the night, running as high as third in the mid-race stages.

In the end, she scored a seventh-place finish, the best of her Sprint Cup career.

The next race for the Sprint Cup Series is the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 17.

5 Hour Energy 400 Unofficial Results 

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Kasey Kahne
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Carl Edwards
  7. Danica Patrick
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Matt Kenseth
  11. Ryan Newman
  12. Kyle Larson
  13. Brad Keselowski
  14. Brian Vickers
  15. Kyle Busch
  16. Greg Biffle
  17. Paul Menard
  18. Denny Hamlin
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Tony Stewart
  21. Martin Truex Jr.
  22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  23. Clint Bowyer
  24. Marcos Ambrose
  25. Michael Annett
  26. Casey Mears
  27. Ryan Blaney
  28. Cole Whitt
  29. Kurt Busch
  30. AJ Allmendinger
  31. Joe Nemechek
  32. Reed Sorenson
  33. Josh Wise
  34. Travis Kvapil
  35. Alex Bowman
  36. Justin Allgaier
  37. David Gilliland
  38. David Ragan
  39. Jamie McMurray
  40. Timmy Hill
  41. JJ Yeley
  42. Landon Cassill
  43. Ryan Truex
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