Gordon Gets Dover Win; Four Booted From Chase
Jeff Gordon got the victory in Dover on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Jeff Gordon won his fourth race of the season Sunday when he beat the field to the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway. But even more relevant news broke further back in the field as the Chase playoff field was trimmed down from 16 to 12 drivers.
Ousted Sunday from the Chase as it heads into its second – or Contender – round next weekend at Kansas Speedway, were Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and A.J. Allmendinger, who finished two points behind final Chase advancer Kasey Kahne.
For Gordon, Dover gave him his 92nd career victory and improved hopes that he could win his fifth Cup championship this season.
“This is huge,” Gordon said of the victory in terms of getting his first championship in 13 years. “We came in here with a little bit of extra pressure because we weren’t guaranteed to be in (the second round). All we did was focus on executing as a team and winning this race and nothing else. It wasn’t about the points, it wasn’t about just squeezing by to get to the next round. It was about making a statement. And I don’t know how you make a bigger statement than what this team just did right there.”
Next up for Gordon will be the race at Kansas Speedway, the 1.5-mile oval where Gordon won in the spring of this year.
Yep, things looking good for the 43-year-old Gordon.
“I think he found the fountain of youth somewhere,” Gordon’s team owner, Rick Hendrick, said of his driver.
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