Jeff Gordon is one step closer to the fifth Nextel Cup title

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Jeff Gordon won Saturday night’s race held at Lowe’s Motor Speedway after an exciting race with fuel problems for Gordon that made him think he would not finish the race.

Despite all his concerns, Gordon made it to the finish line for his sixth win of the season, and staked his claim on the Nextel Cup title. After that incredible day for Gordon’s team, Hendrick Motorsports, he declared: "We needed to get to the finish. We had such a hard time getting to the finish, whether we were wrecking or having a mechanical problem."

Jeff Gordon is one step closer to the fifth Nextel Cup title


After several years of bad luck on this track Gordon finally won with a little help from Jimmie Johnson, who had an uncharacteristic spin, and a gentleman’s agreement from his teammate Kyle Busch, who could have wrecked him on a late restart but instead raced him clean. Ryan Newman, who bizarrely spun by himself while leading made another gift to Gordon, but soon after that his Chevrolet developed a pickup problem that had Gordon afraid he was running out of fuel as the race headed to a two-lap overtime shootout following Newman’s spin.

Jeff Gordon is one step closer to the fifth Nextel Cup title


Gordon said: "Jimmie Johnson, I’m not sure what happened to him. He had the field covered. But when I saw he had problems, I thought it was an opportunity for us." And he took advantage of that opportunity. He passed Busch with 50 laps to go and was running away with the race until a late caution brought out the red flag and forced team owner Rick Hendrick to lecture Gordon and Kyle Busch on the importance of not wrecking each other.

Jeff Gordon is one step closer to the fifth Nextel Cup title


After Kyle Busch agreed not to wreck Gordon the race went perfect until Newman scooted by both Hendrick cars on the outside and grabbed the lead until his bizarre spin when Gordon inherit the lead. Although Gordon believed he would not finish the race because of his fuel problem, he pulled away from Clint Bowyer and Busch for his first win at the suburban Charlotte track since 1999.

I found this video of the last 9 Laps of the 2007 Bank of America 500 – Charlotte Race on YouTube. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I!

Bank of America 500 - Results

Pos.

Driver

Make

1.

Jeff Gordon

Chevrolet

2.

Clint Bowyer

Chevrolet

3.

Kyle Busch

Chevrolet

4.

Jeff Burton

Chevrolet

5.

Carl Edwards

Ford

6.

Dave Blaney

Toyota

7.

Tony Stewart

Chevrolet

8.

Kasey Kahne

Dodge

9.

David Stremme

Dodge

10.

Michael Waltrip

Toyota


Jeff Gordon is one step closer to the fifth Nextel Cup title

Nextel Cup Series - Standings

Pos.

+/-

Driver

Points

Behind

1.

-

Jeff Gordon

5880

Leader

2.

-

Jimmie Johnson

5812

-68

3.

-

Clint Bowyer

5802

-78

4.

-

Tony Stewart

5682

-198

5.

+1

Carl Edwards

5640

-240

6.

+2

Kyle Busch

5600

-280

7.

-

Kurt Busch

5565

-315

8.

-3

Kevin Harvick

5552

-328

9.

-

Denny Hamlin

5531

-349

10.

+2

Jeff Burton

5514

-366

11.

-1

Martin Truex Jr.

5502

-378

12.

-1

Matt Kenseth

5438

-442


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