INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) – 20 years ago Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag at the 1994 Brickyard 400. On Sunday, Gordon won for the fifth time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard 400.
On lap 60 Harvick was leading over Gordon by 0.388 seconds with 100 laps to go.
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Kasey Kahne was the leader at the halfway point.
With only 22 laps to go Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon were battling for the win.
Gordon nailed the final restart of the race to pass Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps remaining in Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was no given because restarts have been Gordon’s Achilles heel for several years.
“God, I finally had the restart of my life,” Gordon screamed on his radio. He’d botched one earlier in the race, and the four-time NASCAR champion has struggled with restarts for some years.
So when a late caution gave Gordon one last shot at Kahne, who dominated and led a race-high 70 laps, Gordon and his No. 24 team knew the driver was in control of his own destiny.
This victory comes on the 20th anniversary of Gordon’s win in the inaugural Brickyard 400, and on “Jeff Gordon Day” as declared by the Mayor of Indianapolis. Gordon won the Brickyard 400 in 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004 and, now in 2014.