Sunday, November 1, 2015

Jeff Gordon Wins at Martinsville, Clinches Spot in Championship Round

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Jeff Gordon won the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 from Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Gordon clinched a spot into the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway by winning on Sunday.  Gordon was emotional in victory lane after picking up his first victory of the season.

Photo courtesy Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
“Wow, we’re going to Homestead and I can’t believe it,” Gordon said.  “This is the sweetest, most amazing feeling.”

Gordon’s team came through under pressure late in the race after a late-race pit stop.  Gordon said a lot of this victory is due to his team.

“I am so proud of this team,” Gordon said.  “People don’t give this team enough credit and we seized this opportunity right there.”

The race did finish with some controversy for the second week in a row.  While leading, Joey Logano was spun by Matt Kenseth, ending the race for both drivers.  

Many people, including Logano, thought Kenseth’s actions were payback for a spin two weeks ago at Kansas that put Kenseth in a difficult spot heading into last weekend’s race in Talladega.

“It’s just a complete coward move, especially for a championship racecar driver,” Logano said.  “Just a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over.  We just got to win.” 

Kenseth said his car was damaged from an earlier incident and he blew a tire down going into the corner.

“We had so much damage on the right front, I should have probably just put it in the garage,” Kenseth said.  “Just got into [Turn} 1 and couldn’t get it to turn and ran Joey over.”

Kenseth didn’t want to focus on the possibility that the wreck was payback for Kansas when he was asked following the race.

“I don’t have any comments for that.”

Unofficial results
1. Jeff Gordon
2. Jamie McMurray
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Kyle Busch
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Ryan Newman
8. Kevin Harvick
9. Kasey Kahne
10. Tony Stewart
11. AJ Allmendinger
12. Jimmie Johnson
13. Justin Allgaier
14. Carl Edwards
15. Paul Menard
16. Aric Almirola
17. Casey Mears
18. Austin Dillon
19. Kyle Larson
20. Cole Whitt
21. Landon Cassill
22. Alex Bowman
23. Michael Annett
24. David Gilliland
25. David Ragan
26. Greg Biffle
27. Jeb Burton
28. Sam Hornish Jr.
29. J.J. Yeley
30. Matt DiBenedetto
31. Trevor Bayne
32. Brad Keselowski
33. Alex Kennedy
34. Kurt Busch
35. Brett Moffitt
36. Timmy Hill
37. Joey Logano
38. Matt Kenseth
39. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
40. Danica Patrick
41. Kyle Fowler
42. Ryan Preece
43. Clint Bowyer

Photo courtesy Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

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