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Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001



By NOAH TRISTER

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon raced to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001.

Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup victory at MIS.

After a series of cautions, Gordon came off the final restart well and led with 16 laps remaining. He fought off a challenge from Joey Logano and maintained a comfortable margin over Harvick, winning the 400-mile race by 1.4 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet.

Harvick was second, followed by Logano, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Gordon completed a sweep at MIS for Hendrick Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson won the June race on the two-mile oval.

Logano was second to Gordon in qualifying, and those two were clearly the cars to beat. Logano led 86 laps and Gordon was in front for 68.

There were eight cautions, including a fairly early one when Danica Patrick's car spun and Justin Allgaier crashed into her. Nine cars were caught up in that incident, including Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota.

Kenseth never really recovered, finishing 38th.

Brad Keselowski rubbed against the wall with about 32 laps remaining and finished eighth, remaining winless at this track in his home state. Johnson overcame some problems of his own to finish ninth, his first top-10 showing in six races.

Jeff Burton was 37th after replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 14 car. Stewart skipped his second straight Cup race after he struck and killed a driver at a dirt-track race in New York last weekend.

Gordon won for the 91st time on NASCAR's top series, and this is his first three-win season since 2011. He took over the lead in the points standings by three points over Earnhardt.

Assuming they attempt to qualify for the final three races of the regular-season, the 12 drivers with victories this season have all wrapped up spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Kenseth remains the top driver without a victory in the standings.

Rookie Kyle Larson's car caught fire against the wall just before the halfway point, and he ended up 43rd.

Jeff Gordon Claims Michigan Win

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skyofblue17 August 17 2014 at 7:14 PM

Yay !! I am glad Jeff Gordon is having so much success this year. I remember the old days when he was booed for no reason. I was so embarrassed for the people doing that...never understood why.

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patrickliveshere August 17 2014 at 8:19 PM

That's my Boy!! Go get 'em, Jeff!!

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division243 August 17 2014 at 8:08 PM

Yeahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!woooooohhhhooooooooo go Jeffyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Wooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

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krs August 17 2014 at 7:02 PM

Funny how much damage was done to the eight cars that Danica caused to wreck and she has minimal damage and is able to finish 18th instead of 30th where she would have wound up if she knew how to drive. Danica caused the wreck because she was doing something she is incapable of-RACE another car on the ttrack. Doesn't she understand she only advances when the other cars are in the pits.

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autounionbailout August 17 2014 at 8:35 PM

HE ONLY WON BECAUSE STEWART WASNT THERE TO CRASH HIM

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'57mad August 17 2014 at 6:43 PM

that's only because stewart took the week off.

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exitscreaming August 17 2014 at 8:04 PM

Stewart didn't race and nobody died....that's the way it should be

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quincy_maxwell August 17 2014 at 8:36 PM

So, the lipless, closeted, rear-end wonder boy finally got another win. I wonder if Tony Stewart was off somewhere licking his bruised ego or decided to wait until everyone forgets and forgives he killed a guy.

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investigatorkch August 17 2014 at 6:45 PM

the ahole jimmie showed her ugly head....... trying to wreck newman.... a thug and punk.... GOOD GOING Jeff

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krs investigatorkch August 17 2014 at 6:59 PM

It was racing. Believe me if JJ wanted to wreck Newman he would have sent him into the wall instead of just rubbing his door.

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ntweety7777 investigatorkch August 17 2014 at 7:24 PM

whatever jj is the best

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beverlyamy1 ntweety7777 August 18 2014 at 11:44 AM

lol.when you drive foe a company thats sells tools,one would think he would be able to use vice-grips.

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madcap.1 August 17 2014 at 6:51 PM

i read NASCAR came out with a new rule.
if you are in an accident you cant get out of the car and run head on into on coming traffic.
guess that tells about the intelligence level of NASCAR drivers

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Felicia Milholland madcap.1 August 17 2014 at 7:38 PM

LOL! Sad, but true!

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exitscreaming madcap.1 August 17 2014 at 8:05 PM

Tony Stewart needs to be reminded

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