Jeff Gordon has been having a solid season behind the wheel of the No. 24 car and hoped that it would continue Sunday when he returned to the Brickyard 400.
Prior to Sunday’s edition of the race officially called the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Gordon had found victory lane four times at the Brickyard. With the way he has been driving this season could another win be in the cards?
The race appeared to be Kasey Khane’s to lose late in the day, but a restart gave Gordon a chance to get back in contention.
“I think we both knew that was for the win,” Gordon said of Kahne. “Out of nowhere, I have the restart of my life at the most important moment that you could ask for in a race, in a season, at a race like this. That was just awesome.”
Khane–who has often struggled with restarts–went low leaving Gordon to go high (like he wanted to). As they appproached the flag Gordon shifted in to fourth gear and flew right by Khane to take the lead.
“I should have chosen the top (lane), obviously,” Khane said. “I pretty much let Jeff control that last restart. I thought I made the right decision.”
Khane ended up dropping in to fifth and finished sixth after running out of gas on the final lap.
The win could not have come on a better day for Gordon. Sunday had already been declared “Jeff Gordon Day” in Indianapolis in honor of the 20th anniversary of his first win at the Brickyard 400.
“This one is for all those fans throughout the years and all weekend long — they’re saying, ‘We believe you can get (championship) number five.’ We got (Brickyard) No. 5!”[ESPN]