Auto racing: Jeff Gordon wins fifth Brickyard 400 title
INDIANAPOLIS - In vintage form, Jeff Gordon grabbed the lead on the final restart 16 laps from the end and held on to win Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It was a record fifth Brickyard win for Gordon, his second triumph of the season and the 90th of his more-than-two-decade Sprint Cup career.
It also marked Gordon's first Brickyard triumph since 2004. He also won the inaugural Brickyard in 1994, as well as in 1998 and 2001.
Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Ind., also presented himself an early birthday present. The Sprint Cup veteran turns 43 on Aug. 4.
It appeared Kasey Kahne, who dominated much of the race, would be unbeatable and was headed to his first win of the season. But Kahne stumbled on the final restart, allowing Gordon to take the lead while Kahne quickly plummeted backwards to fifth place.
"I just had the restart of my life," Gordon said on his team radio after crossing the start-finish line.
Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.
Kahne finished sixth, followed by rookie Kyle Larson, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and rookie Austin Dillon.
Kahne and Gordon, as well as the next five on the leaders' ladder, chose to remain on-track when an out-of-power Ryan Truex brought out the caution flag 21 laps from the finish.
When the green flag dropped for the final time on Lap 184, Kahne spun his tires while Gordon had a textbook restart and never looked back.