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Jeff Gordon Wins At Michigan

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Jeff GordonOn Sunday, Jeff Gordon won at Michigan. Jeff Gordon had not won at Michigan in 13 years, the same year Gordon won his last championship in NASCAR’s top series.

“Certainly things are going well — there’s no doubt about that,” Gordon said. “I’m as shocked as anybody else.” Gordon is looking to end another streak, and win his first NASCAR top series championship in over a decade.

Gordon got his 3rd Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick for his first victory at Michigan International Speedway since 2001. The victory gave vaulted Gordon into the points lead, overtaking Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earmhardt Jr.

Gordon broke the track speed record for qualifying time on Friday, earning the pole position after recording a top speed of 206.558 miles per hour.

There were a series of cautions, the final restart coming with 16 laps left in the race, and Gordon fought off Joey Logano, while maintaining a solid lead over Harvick, ending up securing the victory by 1.412 seconds in the number 24 Chevy.

“I think all of our teams are running well, but this is a big, big win,” owner Rick Hendrick said. “It’s great to see Jeff so happy. He’s like a little kid again, so I think it’s going to be really, really important for the momentum he’s carrying right now into the Chase.”

Logano led the race for for 86 laps to Gordon’s 68, and is confident in his car and his team.

“We can win a championship. I really feel we can do that. That’s the message I want to put out there,” said Logano of his team. “We’ve got to find a little bit more speed to keep up with one car today — 24 car was the best, only because he was good on the long run. We weren’t as good on the long run.”

 

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