Gordon Ends Michigan Drought With Sunday Win
Monday Aug 18, 2014 12:00am
(BROOKLYN) - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan -- which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series. One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43 year old driver end the other as well? 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, and took over the points lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. 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 Kevin Harvick, winning the 400-mile race by 1.412 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Gordon completed a sweep at MIS for Hendrick. Jimmie Johnson won the June race on the two-mile oval.