Jeff Gordon wins fifth Brickyard 400
Gordon started on the outside of race leader Kasey Kahne on Lap 144, and grabbed hold of the lead in Turn 2. He didn't look back, finishing more than 2.3 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch, who finished second.
"I was trying so hard, with 10 laps to go, not to focus on the crowd," Gordon said. "It's such a big race, such an important victory...those emotions take over."
The win makes Gordon, who was raised in Pittsboro, IN, the first five-time winner on the oval at IMS. F1 driver Michael Schumacher won the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis five times.
"I dont' think there's a greater feeling as a race car driver and a race team, 'cause that's what it took today...than to be here in Victory Lane in Indianapolis," Gordon said.
"I told him this morning, 'This is your day.' He's been so good on the long runs at every track. For him to break that tie, this is pretty special. We're a little bit older than we were 20 years ago, but it's a great win," said car owner Rick Hendrick.
Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, then collected wins in 1998, 2001 and 2004, but had to wait a decade to get his fifth win.
"This one really is for all those fans throughout the years and all weekend long saying 'We believe in you'," Gordon said. "We got number 5! Yes!"
The win was fitting. Earlier in the week, Mayor Greg Ballard declared Sunday "Jeff Gordon Day," in honor of the 20th anniversary of his win in the first Brickyard 400.
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Busch was followed in the top five by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logan. Kahne fell all the way to sixth. Defending champion Ryan Newman, from South Bend, finished 11th, while Columbus native Tony Stewart finished 17th.
Brickyard 400 Results Grid
|Jeff Gordon||Kyle Busch||Denny Hamlin||Matt Kenseth||Joey Logano|
|Kasey Kahne||Kyle Larson||Kevin Harvick||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Austin Dillon|
|Ryan Newman||Brad Keselowski||Greg Biffle||Jimmy Johnson||Carl Edwards|
|Clint Bowyer||Tony Stewart||AJ Allmendinger||Brian Vickers||Jamie McMurray|
|Aric Almirola||Marcos Ambrose||Juan Pablo Montoya||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Martin Truex Jr.|
|Michael McDowell||Justin Allgaier||Kurt Busch||Josh Wise||Landon Cassill|
|Michael Annett||Cole Whitt||Casey Mears||Paul Menard||David Ragan|
|David Gilliland||Bobby Labonte||Reed Sorenson||Travis Kvapil||Alex Bowman|
|Ryan Truex||Danica Patrick||Trevor Bayne|