Monday, February 28, 2011

Jeff Gordon Ends His Drought In the Desert!

Jeff Gordon completes the pass on Kyle Busch on lap 304
Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Typically the desert weather brings on droughts, but not in Jeff Gordon's case. Phoenix was the track that ended Gordon's 66-race winless streak, dating back to the April 2009 race at Texas. This was Gordon's 83rd career victory, and he is now tied with the legendary Cale Yarborough for fifth on the list for the most wins in the Cup series.

The favorite going into the race was the pole sitter, Carl Edwards. Edwards was leading laps and showing his strength when he got caught by Kyle Busch and received major damage. Edwards and team worked for many laps to get him back on track to regain every precious point. Edwards did manage to finish in 28th but was multiple laps down.

Unique for a track like Phoenix, we saw the "Big One," which is usually reserved for restrictor plate racing. A multi-car accident saw many fan favorites headed to the garage for repair. Involved were the 1, 6, 7, 13, 31, 33, 34, 46, 47, 71, 78, 83, 88, 00. This accident brought out a red flag for approximately 15 minutes. 

The final 10 laps came down to Gordon and Kyle Busch, who was trying to win all three series this weekend. In the end, Jeff showed he still has it! His passion is still there and now with a new crew chief we may see more from him. 


Jeff, new crew chief Alan Gustafson and team celebrate
Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR

Here are the results for Sunday's race:
  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Kasey Kahne
  7. Tony Stewart
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. A.J. Allmendinger
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Denny Hamlin
  12. Matt Kenseth
  13. Mark Martin
  14. Martin Truex Jr.
  15. Brad Keselowski
  16. Marcos Ambrose
  17. Paul Menard
  18. Casey Mears
  19. Juan Pablo Montoya
  20. Greg Biffle
  21. Bobby Labonte
  22. David Gilliland
  23. Bill Elliott
  24. Mike Skinner
  25. Tony Raines
  26. Jeff Burton
  27. Clint Bowyer
  28. Carl Edwards
  29. David Reutimann
  30. Brian Vickers
  31. Andy Lally
  32. Robby Gordon
  33. Joey Logano
  34. Regan Smith
  35. Jamie McMurray
  36. David Ragan
  37. J.J. Yeley
  38. Landon Cassill
  39. Travis Kvapil
  40. Trevor Bayne
  41. Michael McDowell
  42. Dave Blaney
  43. Joe Nemechek

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