NASCAR Sprint Cup at Kansas

JEFF GORDON CAPTURES FIRST VICTORY OF SEASON

Jeff Gordon scored his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win of the season at Kansas Speedway on May 10 by leading the final nine laps of the 5-Hour Energy 400 behind the wheel of his No. 24 Axalta Coatings Chevrolet SS. The win was the 89th career victory for the four-time Series champion.

Gordon was very happy after the event. “I don't know what it is about this race team and this racetrack for inaugural events, but tonight's win was very, very special. Man, and it didn't come easy.

“This team has been working so hard, and this guy sitting next to me [crew chief Alan Gustafson], he's been so driven and motivated, and it's been inspiring to me with the kind of race cars I've had this year.”

Gordon was able to fend off Kevin Harvick in his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevy SS by 0.112 seconds to hang onto the lead. Harvick, who started from the pole position, led 119 of the 267-lap race and posted his eighth top-10 finish at Kansas.

“That whole last run was really strange for me, because I felt like we had a good stop,” Gordon explained. “We came off pit road and the four tires that we took, the car was hooked up right away and I was excited about that, and then a lap or two later, I saw Kevin come off pit road onto the back straightaway and we got ahead of him, and I knew it was on at that moment.

I knew I had to push hard, and the car felt good at that time, so I was like, oh, we're okay. And then I had to maneuver through some lap traffic, and he got right to my bumper, but I actually was able to pull away from him, and I was like, wow, I wasn't expecting that. He'd been so good all night. We'd finally gotten the car where I could run the top groove.”