Gordon claims record fifth victory in Brickyard 400
Jeff Gordon also won the Brickyard 400 in 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2004.
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) -
Jeff Gordon is hoping to win his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this year, but right now, he's celebrating his record fifth victory in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This past Friday, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declared July 27, 2014 as "Jeff Gordon Day" in Indianapolis, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Gordon's win in the inaugural Brickyard 400.
It was truly Gordon's day at this historic 2.5-mile racetrack on Sunday. Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana and will turn 43 years old on Aug. 4, passed Kasey Kahne, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, for the lead following a restart with 17 laps to go. He then held off Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth in the closing laps to become a five-time Brickyard 400 winner.
Fifth Cup title looks promising for Gordon
By Chris Symeon, Motorsports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Jeff Gordon is a four-time champion in NASCAR's premier series, but it's been 13 years since his last title.
After winning his second race of the season on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and presently holding the points lead in the Sprint Cup Series, Gordon is very confident that 2014 will finally be the year he does the "drive for five." Gordon, who turns 43 years old on Aug. 4, is having one of his best seasons since 2001.
It's uncertain when Gordon will retire, but the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports hinted in January that if he won his fifth Cup title this season then he would consider calling it quits. This is his 22nd full season in the series, all of them with Hendrick.