Jeff Gordon Wins His Fifth Brickyard 400
Jeff Gordon, the original Brickyard champion, became the 2014 Brickyard champion on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The first winner of the Brickyard 400 became the Sprint Cup race’s latest winner when Jeff Gordon pulled away over the final 17 laps to collect one of most coveted trophies the series offers.
Gordon’s victory was his fifth in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway event ,with his first coming 21 years ago in the 1994 debut of stock cars at the legendary 2.5-mile oval.
“Whew, I’m exhausted,” Gordon said in Victory Circle.
And happy. As were the fans in the state of Indiana where Gordon at one time lived.
“I cannot believe this just happened,” Gordon said. “I was trying so hard with 10 to go to not focus on the crowd. I could every once in a while glance up there and see the reaction. I was trying not to let it get to me, not think about it too much.”
The victory was the second of the season for Gordon and enabled him to pad his series points lead as he goes for his fifth Cup championship.
It marked the 90th Cup victory of the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s career.
It was set up by a near perfect final restart of the day by a driver who admits to being lousy at restarts. With 17 laps to go, Kasey Kahne had the lead and opted to restart after a caution from the bottom line.
“I’ll be honest, I was hoping Kasey would pick the inside,” Gordon said. “I really was. He did. He was loose. I knew if I could just get to the outside of him, he was going to have a hard time using the throttle Read the full story »