(HHP/Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)

NASCAR at Martinsville, Virginia

Gordon’s Win Gives Chevrolet the 2013 Manufacturer Championship

(HHP/Rusty Jarrett for Chevrolet)

With 20 laps to go, Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS, made the winning pass October 27 in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway to score his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory of the season. 

It was his eighth win at Martinsville and the 88th Sprint Cup win of his career. The victory ties him with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, for the most wins at Martinsville among active drivers, trailing only Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip on the all-time wins list at the .526-mile short track.

Gordon moves up two positions to third in the point standings, just 27 points behind the leader.

Asked after the race how it felt to be back in Victory Lane at Martinsville, Gordon said, “It’s hard to top what it feels like to win; especially when you’ve been through all of what this Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet team has been through. I’m just so proud of them for never giving up. We’ve shown it all year long. We’ve been through a lot, but boy, this is making it all worth it. To be able to get a huge win here at Martinsville for points, for the Manufacturers’ Championship, for all the Hendrick family and for all those that were lost several years ago; seeing Rick (Hendrick) here means a lot to all of us.

“Man, what a great race car. I thought we’d given it away a couple of times there; and I’m just so proud of how we fought. We had great pit stops and just that never give up attitude. I thought I got too loose there at the end, running with Matt (Kenseth). Every time he slip the tires I just tired to let off a little bit.”