Jeff Gordon wins the 2013 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR on Sunday at in , Virginia. Gordon started the race in ninth, and eventually won his first race of and snapping a 32-race winless streak. The race, contested over 500 laps, featured a season-high 17 for 111 laps and involving 21 drivers, and 15 different race leaders.driver
The race was primarily dominated by championship contendersand , who led 123 and 202 laps, respectively. However, Johnson fell behind after a caution on lap 218, and dropped back further into the field after another caution on lap 229. Kenseth relinquished the lead on lap 237 to , and was out of the top ten afterwards. Gordon took the lead from Bowyer on lap 282, which he held for 57 laps. Johnson and Kenseth eventually caught up to the top ten, while Gordon lost positions due to a , but he reached second place with 80 laps to go. On lap 479, Gordon passed Kenseth entering turns one and two, and led for the remainder of the race. Kenseth finished second, followed by , champion , and Johnson closed out the top five. , , , and rounded out the top ten.
After winning, Gordon stated:
In the points race, Gordon moved up to third, 27 points behind Johnson and Kenseth, who were both tied for the lead with 2,294. The remaining ten drivers in thewere: Harvick (2,266), (2,258), Bowyer (2,239), Earnhardt (2,238), Biffle (2,236), (2,219), (2,218), (2209), (2,188) and (2,170).
The win was Gordon's eighth at Martinsville, tying him with Johnson for the most among active drivers at the track. The win also clinched the Manufacturers' Championship for, the eleventh consecutive title for the American-based manufacturer.
The next race of the season is to be the 2013 AAA Texas 500 at, to air on on November 3, 2013.
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