Gordon Grabs Victory to Compliment Early Season Consistency

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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

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS MONEY START LED PTS BONUS PENALTY
1 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 267 13 9 47 4 0
2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 267 1 121 44 2 0
3 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 267 17 22 42 1 0
4 Joey Logano Ford 267 2 63 41 1 0
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267 22 9 40 1 0
6 Carl Edwards Ford 267 4 6 39 1 0
7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 267 9 0 37 0 0
8 Aric Almirola Ford 267 12 0 36 0 0
9 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267 14 24 36 1 0
10 Matt Kenseth Toyota 267 28 1 35 1 0
11 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 7 0 33 0 0
12 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 267 5 0 32 0 0
13 Brad Keselowski Ford 267 3 11 32 1 0
14 Brian Vickers Toyota 267 15 0 30 0 0
15 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 24 1 30 1 0
16 Greg Biffle Ford 267 10 0 28 0 0
17 Paul Menard Chevrolet 266 16 0 27 0 0
18 Denny Hamlin Toyota 266 30 0 26 0 0
19 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 266 19 0 25 0 0
20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 266 8 0 24 0 0
21 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 266 26 0 23 0 0
22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 265 20 0 22 0 0
23 Clint Bowyer Toyota 264 23 0 21 0 0
24 Marcos Ambrose Ford 264 25 0 20 0 0
25 Michael Annett Chevrolet 264 34 0 19 0 0
26 Casey Mears Chevrolet 264 27 0 18 0 0
27 Ryan Blaney 12 Ford 263 21 0 0 0 0
28 Cole Whitt Toyota 263 36 0 16 0 0
29 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 263 6 0 15 0 0
30 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 262 29 0 14 0 0
31 Joe Nemechek Toyota 262 43 0 0 0 0
32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 261 37 0 12 0 0
33 Josh Wise Ford 261 32 0 11 0 0
34 Travis Kvapil Ford 258 41 0 10 0 0
35 Alex Bowman Toyota 257 33 0 9 0 0
36 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 186 18 0 8 0 0
37 David Gilliland Ford 184 39 0 7 0 0
38 David Ragan Ford 171 38 0 6 0 0
39 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 149 11 0 5 0 0
40 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 137 42 0 4 0 0
41 J.J. Yeley 44 Chevrolet 136 35 0 0 0 0
42 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 63 40 0 0 0 0
43 Ryan Truex Toyota 57 31 0 1 0 0
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