(WOMR file photo)
Jeff Gordon found one heck of a way to celebrate “Jeff Gordon Day” by winning the Crown Royal presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard.
On Friday, the Indianapolis mayor declared Sunday “Jeff Gordon Day” and Gordon celebrated in style with his record fifth career victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is also the Pittsboro, Indiana native’s hometown track. The victory was Gordon’s first at the 2.5-mile track since 2004!
The first winner of the Brickyard 400, 1994, became the Sprint Cup race’s latest winner when Jeff Gordon pulled away over the final 17 laps to collect one of most coveted trophies the series offers. Gordon’s victory was his fifth in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway event ,with his first coming 20 years ago in the 1994 debut of stock cars at the legendary 2.5-mile oval.
The victory is his second of the year in the Sprint Cup Series, and also helped him clinch a spot in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. The win is also the four-time Cup champion’s 90th in the sport’s premier series.
Gordon used a Lap 144 restart to jump out past his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, who was the race leader at the time. From there until the end, Gordon was untouchable.
Behind Gordon was the entire fleet of Joe Gibbs Racing cars. Kyle Busch finished second,Denny Hamlin was third, and Matt Kenseth fourth. Kahne rounded out the top five.
Check out the unofficial results of The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard.
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