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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.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Pts
1 13 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Coatings Chevrolet 267 $241,026 Running 9 47
2 1 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 267 $233,758 Running 119 44
3 17 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 267 $157,725 Running 22 42
4 2 22 Joey Logano AAA Insurance Ford 267 $161,341 Running 63 41
5 22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard Chevrolet 267 $129,775 Running 9 40
6 4 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 267 $127,715 Running 6 39
7 9 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 267 $109,365 Running 0 37
8 12 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 267 $133,551 Running 0 36
9 14 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 267 $144,551 Running 24 36
10 28 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Chevrolet 267 $140,301 Running 1 35
11 7 31 Ryan Newman Kwikset Chevrolet 267 $101,365 Running 0 33
12 5 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 267 $119,660 Running 0 32
13 3 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford 267 $131,423 Running 13 32
14 15 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 267 $120,765 Running 0 30
15 24 18 Kyle Busch Snickers Toyota 267 $133,131 Running 1 30
16 10 16 Greg Biffle 3M Novec Ford 267 $127,740 Running 0 28
17 16 27 Paul Menard Shrock/Menards Chevrolet 266 $114,279 Running 0 27
18 30 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 266 $94,765 Running 0 26
19 19 3 Austin Dillon Dow Chemical Chevrolet 266 $131,301 Running 0 25
20 8 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 266 $121,523 Running 0 24
21 26 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet 266 $113,748 Running 0 23
22 20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford 265 $121,315 Running 0 22
23 23 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 264 $120,181 Running 0 21
24 25 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Power Tools Ford 264 $111,210 Running 0 20
25 34 7 Michael Annett Accell Construction Chevrolet 264 $103,398 Running 0 19
26 27 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 264 $108,373 Running 0 18
27 21 12 Ryan Blaney SKF Ford 263 $80,815 Running 0 0
28 36 26 Cole Whitt Iowa Chop House Toyota 263 $80,615 Running 0 16
29 6 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 263 $80,415 Running 0 15
30 29 47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 262 $97,923 Running 0 14
31 43 66 Joe Nemechek Kansas Farm Bureau Toyota 262 $90,965 Running 0 0
32 37 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 261 $95,398 Running 0 12
33 32 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 261 $79,540 Running 0 11
34 41 32 Travis Kvapil Mechanical Protection Plan Ford 258 $91,362 Running 0 10
35 33 23 Alex Bowman Dr. Pepper Toyota 257 $79,120 Running 0 9
36 18 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 186 $86,915 Accident 0 8
37 39 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver’s Ford 184 $86,700 Accident 0 7
38 38 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 171 $81,530 Running 0 6
39 11 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 149 $106,744 Accident 0 5
40 42 33 Timmy Hill LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet 137 $65,530 Engine 0 4
41 35 44 J.J. Yeley Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet 136 $61,530 Engine 0 0
42 40 40 Landon Cassill CarsForSale.com Chevrolet 63 $57,530 Accident 0 0
43 31 83 Ryan Truex Burger King Toyota 57 $54,030 Accident 0 1