Jeff Gordon earned his second win of the season, and the 63rd of his career at the short track in Martinsville, Virginia. "We've really come on strong here," said Gordon. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, August tore a lot of people...
Jeff Gordon earned his second win of the season, and the 63rd of his career at the short track in Martinsville, Virginia.
"We've really come on strong here," said Gordon. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, August tore a lot of people down but we kept our heads up strong and straight.I'm looking forward to the rest of them (races)."
Gordon led the early laps of the event, but lost track position after a miscue on pit road shuffled him back in the pack. Team 24 dug in their heels, and worked there way back to the top to lead the final 295 laps.
"We took two tires," said Gordon. "A lapped car knocked me up high and three or four cars got by me, and we just couldn't ever make up that deficit. I'll tell you what this thing on new tires was a rocket ship. Not too bad there at the end, my teammate Jimmie Johnson was pushing me hard. If I would have made a mistake he would have gotten by me."
It is the second time this season Gordon has won from the pole position; he also did it at the spring Martinsville event. All in all, Gordon led 311 of the 500 laps of the race.
Gordon's teammate Jimmie Johnson was second.
"It's just so hard for me to figure out what I need here for myself," said Johnson. "So we just put the 24 set-up underneath this thing, and figured let me just go and get used to it. And probably about half way through the race I started making forward progress on my own, really did what I needed to do.I'm very proud of this Lowe's team, it's the first 1-2 for the 24 and 48 teams."
Tony Stewart held off the hard-charging Chevy of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for third.
"I'll tell you that was probably the cleanest day we've ever had at Martinsville," said Stewart. "We started 16th and just worked our way up into the top five and the guys had excellent pit stops. And that's what it took today, we had a good car today."
Earnhardt was fourth.
"We wanted to win," said Earnhardt. "We've run in the top-five three times in a row, now four - so we just thought getting tires was our best shot...man, what a long day. They need to cut back to 400, it's hard, and it's tough. I like the track and we run good here, but we can't figure out how to really win."
Ryan Newman was fifth; scoring his 20th top ten finish of the season.
"Just to finish in the top five here was a feat for us," said Newman.
Championship leader Matt Kenseth finished 13th, he leads the series by 240 points.
"All in all, it was a good day for us," said Kenseth. "To finish 13th here is a great effort for these guys."
Kevin Harvick remains second in standings gaining 27 points on Kenseth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.
Four events remain to settle the race for the last Winston Cup trophy.