Kansas Sees a First Series Win for Gordon
Jeff Gordon managed to keep Kevin Harvick at bay during the final laps of the 5-hour energy 400 Sprint Series race which was held at Kansas Speedway. It was an exciting end as Gordon won by just 0.112 of a second in order to take his first win of the season. This was his third win at this race track though and so it was not that much of a surprise that he did it, in fact there was a lot of pressure on him to do so.
This was the first win for the driver since he won in the autumn at Martinsville Speedway. After the race he explained that it felt like a weight had been lifted off the shoulders of the team now that they have now almost guaranteed themselves a place in the Chase. Although he was ahead in points going in to the race but this season places in the Race are determined by wins rather than points. As an additional bonus he also had a place in the record book as the first driver to win a night race at this particular track. This adds to another record that he has secured as he was the first ever Sprint Cup race winner on the track back in 2001.
Gordon went on to explain that the track was one of his favourites and that it was a very special win for him. Harvick explained that he ran out of laps at the end saying that he was running out of fuel which mean that when he headed to a pit stop Gordon was over to overtake him and then take the race. He said that he started looking at the fuel pressure gauge rather than the tach and that lost him valuable time.
In third place came Kasey Kahne the Hendrick Motorsports team mate of Gordon. In fourth place cam Logano and another Hendrik driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr came fifth. Also in top ten were Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Arix Almirola, Danica Patrick and Carl Edwards.
Patrick has her best race on a non-restrictor track as she starter in ninth and then started to move forwards and was at third place at one stage but she had a slow pit stop and went back to seventh but stayed in that place for the rest of the race. She had taken on some advice from Harvick and said that she was proud that she held her spot but especially pleased when she was able to overtake Jimmie Johnson.
There was some disappointment for the home crowd though as local Clint Bowyer was not able to do well when he snapped around and although he kept his car off the wall, he dropped a lap back. Another local hope lay in Jamie McMurray but he was even more unfortunate when he blew a tire and broke an oil line which caused his car to set on fire and abruptly ended his race. There was also excitement with the weather, a lightning storm, causing a delay to the start of the race and then light rain fell but luckily stopped and evaporated away before the delayed start to the game.