Jeff Gordon may not have had the dominant car on Saturday Night at Kansas Speedway, but he proved to be strongest when it all counted.
The victory tremendously aids the No.24 team as they now are pretty much a lock for the Chase. The team proved be consistent in the first ten races, however without a win, consistency meant nothing. Now his season to date means a whole lot more as he will more than likely have a shot at his fifth title.
Until Gordon grabbed the lead late on Saturday Night, it was Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano’s race. Harvick absolutely crushed the field in certain portions while Logano led on multiple occasions.
The 5-Hour Energy 500 was marred with large and violent wrecks. The first of three came on Lap 60. David Ragan’s car broke loose off of turn 4 and started spinning across the track. Ryan Truex skidded into Ragan’s car and then slid down and collected Landon Cassill. Ragan and Truex received the most damage in the incident.
Lap 150 featured a fiery wreck involving Jamie McMurray who slammed the wall in turn’s 3 and 4. His car caught fire following the hit, but it was extinguished once he made it to pit road.
The most vicious incident came with 81 laps to go. A.J Allmendinger broke loose coming off of turn 4 and spun down across the track. He tagged Justin Allgaier while spinning and sent Allgaier straight up the track. David Gilliland plowed Allgaier’s spinning car causing extensive damage to both machines. All drivers were okay following the incident.
As the race neared its conclusion, Harvick held the top spot until the final round of green flag pit stops. Once the round of stops cycled through, Gordon led the way. The only challenge Harvick was able to make came on the final lap when he got within feet of Gordon’s bumper on the front straightaway.
Gordon only led the final nine laps on Saturday night. He never was a major factor until late, but he stayed consistent throughout and pounced on the leaders at the right time
The Sprint Cup Series is at the Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend for the Sprint All-Star Race where one driver will walk away with one million dollars.
Results via ESPN.com
|5||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||267||22||9||40||1||0|
|21||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevrolet||266||26||0||23||0||0|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||265||20||0||22||0||0|