For the 83rd time in his career, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion Jeff Gordon took a trip to victory lane. The win was the second time he has won at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) and ties him with the great Cale Yarborough on the all-time NSCS win list for fifth in the order.

The win allowed Gordon to break a 66-race winless streak dating back to April 5, 2009 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is his second victory and 18th top-10 finish in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway. He also won this race in 2007.

Gordon, who started 20th in the 43-car race for the second race of the 2011 NSCS 36-race season, avoided serious trouble in a multi-car accident just 59 laps into the 312-lap race. Despite scraping the side of the No. 24 Chevrolet, Gordon quickly recovered and made his way to the front of the field. He led six times for a total of 138 laps, the most of any driver in the field.

Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 car praised his crew and driver after the race.

“Whew, I’m speechless! That was a tough day, man. The guys on this Drive to End Hunger Chevy did an unbelievable job getting wrecked early and all kinds of problems. We lost the gauges halfway through the race and Jeff just drove the wheels off it. Kyle (Busch) got in front of us and Jeff ran him down, man.”

Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Combos Toyota looked good for their third win of the weekend, until Gordon ran him down with 14 laps to go.