Gordon finally ends winless streak at Phoenix

Jeff Gordon dominated Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway leading 138 of the 312 laps run.  This was Gordon’s first Sprint Cup Series win since April 5, 2009 at Texas Motor Speedway.

“Are you kidding me? Pinch me man, pinch me.” Gordon said.

 

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[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photo” align=”alignright” width=”282″][/media-credit]Gordon passed Kyle Busch with eight laps remaining and stretched his lead from there, ending his winless streak at 66 races.

 

“I drove in deep into (Turn) 1 and got to him and I could tell he was having to really get after it right then; and then I got underneath him and got off of (Turn) 4 and I knew coming down the front straightaway that he was going to kind of pinch me down into (Turn) 1 and he did and I got a little loose. Then I just drifted up the track and I didn’t know what was going to happen at that moment but when they said we were ‘clear’ then I just went.” Gordon said of the pass for the lead.

“I don’t really care how we do it, we just want to get to victory lane. But to do it that way and to see the fans reaction. I mean we beat Kyle Busch. We were the only one’s to beat Kyle Busch this weekend and he’s so tough to beat. What a race car. Just so thankful.” Gordon said.

Gordon also ties Cale Yarborough with 83 wins, fifth on the all-time list.

“Oh, my gosh. I’m such a huge fan of Cale’s. And one of the first conversations I ever had with anybody when they came to the Cup series was Cale Yarborough. He wanted me to drive his car and I actually tested his car. A lot of people don’t realize way, way, way back. He’s just an amazing race car driver. I’ll be honest. I didn’t know if we were ever going to get past 82 (wins).” Gordon said.

Busch finished second, Jimmie Johnson third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Ryan Newman finished fifth.

“I think he was on a mission today, that’s for sure and when Jeff Gordon has a good car and he has the opportunity to beat you, he’s going to beat you so.  There’s no doubt about that.  He’s my hero and I’ve always watched him and what he’s been able to accomplish over the years.  It’s no surprise that he beat us.” Busch said.

On lap 50, the Daytona 500 champ Trevor Bayne gets into the wall. Bayne’s no. 21 car suffers a lot of damage to the rear and headed to the garage.  Bayne finished 40th.

“I don’t know what happened.  We were battling with the 13 car a little bit and I don’t know if it was the 38 car behind us or who, but something happened.  Either I came up or he poked his nose in there at the last second on the top of us getting into one.  After that, there was nothing we could do.  I tried to stay in the gas and keep it turning, but it just backed into the wall.” Bayne said.

On lap 59, Carl Edwards gets into the wall after contact with the No. 18 and also collects Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon.

“I’m not exactly sure what happened.  I’ll have to talk to Kyle about it.  I thought at first he was just frustrated and he turned left to get back in line and he didn’t know I was there, but I watched the tape and I think he really did get loose.  He hit me hard and I was left with nothing.  I got rammed to the infield.” Edwards said.

On lap 67, a huge wreck broke out on the backstretch, bringing out the red flag.  Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton where some of the drivers involved in the 13-car accident.

“17 just wrecked us.  Door-slammed us coming out of the corner of Turn 2, 67 laps into a very, very long race. Felt like it was unnecessary and sure it will come back to haunt him.” Vickers said.

“Just stupid.  Driving like it’s the last lap, it looked to me like. Man, we keep this up we’re going to have about four cars at the end of all these races.” Bowyer said.

“I didn’t know there was an incident.  I was surprised when I got out of the car and everybody said he was mad at me.  I’m not sure for what.  Maybe I’ll watch the replay and see something different, but from where I was he kind of held me close to the middle of the corner on the restart, which you should, and I came off the corner and I never even felt us touch.” Kenseth said.

The series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt Tools 400 on March 6th.

Unofficial Race Results

Subway Fresh Fit 500, Phoenix In’tl Raceway

February 27, 2011 – Race 2 of 36

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 20 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 48 2 312 Running
2 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 43 1 312 Running
3 28 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 42 1 312 Running
4 17 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 41 1 312 Running
5 14 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 40 1 312 Running
6 3 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 38 0 312 Running
7 18 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 38 1 312 Running
8 2 22 Kurt Busch Dodge 37 1 312 Running
9 15 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 35 0 312 Running
10 35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 34 0 312 Running
11 12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 34 1 312 Running
12 24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 33 1 312 Running
13 23 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 31 0 312 Running
14 7 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 30 0 312 Running
15 9 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29 0 312 Running
16 30 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28 0 312 Running
17 13 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 27 0 312 Running
18 27 13 Casey Mears Toyota 26 0 312 Running
19 22 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 25 0 312 Running
20 10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 24 0 312 Running
21 21 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 23 0 310 Running
22 29 34 David Gilliland Ford 22 0 310 Running
23 39 9 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 21 0 309 Running
24 36 32 Mike Skinner Ford 0 0 308 Running
25 42 37 Tony Raines Ford 19 0 306 Running
26 25 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 18 0 276 Running
27 16 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 17 0 260 Running
28 1 99 Carl Edwards Ford 17 1 252 Running
29 26 0 David Reutimann Toyota 15 0 246 Running
30 19 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 14 0 238 Running
31 41 71 Andy Lally * Chevrolet 14 1 237 Running
32 31 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 12 0 236 Running
33 6 20 Joey Logano Toyota 11 0 213 In Pit
34 5 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 10 0 213 Running
35 8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 9 0 126 In Pit
36 11 6 David Ragan Ford 8 0 125 In Pit
37 38 46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 7 0 72 Out
38 37 60 Landon Cassill Toyota 0 0 68 In Pit
39 40 38 Travis Kvapil Ford 0 0 66 Running
40 33 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 0 0 49 Running
41 34 66 Michael McDowell Toyota 4 1 43 In Pit
42 43 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 2 0 27 Out
43 32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 0 0 22 Out

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