Jeff Gordon won a Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for the first time in 13 years after passing Joey Logano for the lead following a late-race restart in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
Gordon started on the pole for this 400-mile race after he set a new track record here in Friday's qualifying with a lap at 206.558 mph. It was the seventh-fastest pole winning speed in the history of NASCAR's premier series.
Logano, who started second, ran in front for a race-high 86 laps and led the way for the final restart with 17 laps left, but Gordon pulled ahead of him for the top spot. Logano challenged Gordon for the lead on the following but could not make the pass. Kevin Harvick moved into second and Paul Menard third, while Logano dropped to fourth.
Gordon, the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports and a four-time series champion, led a total of 68 laps, including the final 17. He beat Harvick to finish line by 1.4 seconds. Gordon scored his third win of the season and the 91st of his Sprint Cup career. He also claimed his third victory at Michigan but his first here since June 2001.
This race featured eight cautions, mostly for accidents. Kurt Busch cut his left-rear tire and made contact with the wall on lap 179, which forced a caution and therefore set up the final restart.
Gordon used the same car in this race that he drove to victory in the July 27 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. His first victory this season occurred in the May 10 night race at Kansas.
Hendrick Motorsports recorded a season-sweep at Michigan. Jimmie Johnson won at this track for the first time in June. Johnson finished ninth in this event.
With the victory here, Gordon not only moved back into the points lead but grabbed the top spot on the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" grid. He is tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski and Johnson for most wins in the series this season.
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