Gordon Captures Goodyear Gatorback Award In Las Vegas; Four-Time Champion Records Fastest Lap of Event, Sets Track Record For Laps Led CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 3, 2010) -- Despite two disappointing finishes in the first two events of the 2010...
Gordon Captures Goodyear Gatorback Award In Las Vegas; Four-Time Champion Records Fastest Lap of Event, Sets Track Record For Laps Led
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 3, 2010) -- Despite two disappointing finishes in the first two events of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Jeff Gordon rebounded in Sunday's Shelby American 400-mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, finishing third overall and flashing the competitive form that led him to four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles.
Gordon captured a Las Vegas track record for most laps led, and also posted the fastest lap time while leading (180.971 mph, Lap 236) the event securing the "Goodyear Gatorback Belts Fastest Lap" of the race award.
The award is part of the NASCAR Prize Money and Decal Program, also referred to as the contingency program, which provide teams prize money and weekly awards based on performance in several categories. Established in 2003, the "Goodyear Gatorback Belts Fastest Lap" weekly contingency award recognizes the driver who turns the fastest lap time while leading each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Goodyear Gatorback belts have been used by NASCAR teams since 1981 and have been an exclusive NASCAR Performance automotive partner since 1997.
Gordon dominated the race, leading 219 of the 267 laps while searching for his first victory of the year.
"Obviously it was a great day for us, dominating performance," said Jeff Gordon during his Sunday post race interview at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "I'm disappointed [not getting the win], but at the same time, you know, we haven't dominated like this in a very, very long time. Today we showed what we're capable of. It gives us a lot of momentum to go to Atlanta."
Gordon, 39, is in his nineteenth year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. During his renowned career, Gordon has turned 167,642 laps, leading 20,970 of them,in 584NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
Official winners of this week's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Prize Money & Decal Program special awards include:
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Kurt Busch (188.719 mph, 28.614 secs)
DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE RACE AWARD: Greg Zipadelli (crew chief for Joey Logano)
GOODYEAR GATORBACK BELTS FASTEST LAP AWARD: Jeff Gordon (180.971 mph, Lap 236)
MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE AWARD: Jeff Gordon
MOBIL 1 "COMMAND PERFORMANCE DRIVER OF THE RACE" AWARD: David Reutimann
MOOG CHASSIS PARTS PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Kenny Francis (crew chief for Kasey Kahne)
O'REILLY AUTO PARTS POSITION IMPROVEMENT AWARD: Kevin Harvick (32 places)
RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Kevin Conway
SUNOCO DIAMOND PERFORMANCE AWARD: Jimmie Johnson
TISSOT "PIT ROAD PRECISION" AWARD: Martin Truex Jr. (207.012 sec.)
WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD: Tony Stewart (7 laps)