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Jeff Gordon celebrates his victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
Jeff Gordon celebrates his victory with his crew after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Jeff Gordon celebrates his victory with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
Jeff Gordon celebrates his victory with crew members after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
Jeff Gordon sprays champagne after his victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
Jeff Gordon, right, celebrates his victory with team owner Rick Hendrick after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
Jeff Gordon celebrates his victory after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
Jeff Gordon (24) races Kevin Harvick during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Jeff Gordon (24) and Joey Logano make pit stops during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Pole sitter Jeff Gordon (24) leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Pole sitter Jeff Gordon is greeted by fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Pole sitter Jeff Gordon leads the field on the start during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates with champagne in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Will Schneekloth/NASCAR via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 17: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 17: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, and Alan Gustafson, his crew chief, participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 17: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 17: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, poses in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Will Schneekloth/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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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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