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2014 Indianapolis (Brickyard 400): Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 28, 2014 - 07:30 AM
2014 Indianapolis (Brickyard 400): Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, wrote another chapter in the history books for himself, his team and for Chevrolet with a celebrated victory in the 2014 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The victory was his fifth in the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup series (NSCS) event at IMS, ninth for Hendrick Motorsports, 12th straight for Chevrolet and 16 of 21 for the Bowtie Brand. In addition, Gordon’s second win of the season helped him clinch a spot in the Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup with six races remaining before the 10 race playoff starts at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14th.

"All weekend long, Jeff Gordon, Alan Gustafson and the team worked to find speed and balance in the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The team had incredible singular focus on executing their race plan. Race strategy, quick pit stops and great driving resulted in Jeff Gordon winning his fifth Brickyard 400. It was extra special to see the team kiss the bricks again, and watch Jeff celebrate with the fans as he climbed the fence at the Yard of Bricks.


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"Also, congratulations to Rick Hendrick and his Hendrick Motorsports organization on winning the Brickyard 400 for the ninth time."

The victory put Gordon in an elite class as the only five-time winner of the Brickyard 400. This is the 90th time Gordon has visited Victory Lane in his career, it is also his second win and 14th top-10 of 2014.

Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne looked to be on his way to his first Brickyard victory in his No. 5 Time Warner Chevrolet SS. He led the most laps, four times for a total of 70 laps, before the pivotal moment of the race, a final restart where Gordon was lined up on the outside of him and beat him to turn one for the lead. Kahne finished sixth, but moves up two spots in the overall standings to 15th.

Rookie of the year contender Kyle Larson had another solid run in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS and finished seventh. It was his second consecutive top-10 finish, and fourth in the last seven races. The run boosts Larson in the standings at an important point in the season from 15th to 14th.

Former Brickyard 400 winner Kevin Harvick started on the pole, but battled handling issues for most of the day before finishing eighth in his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS. Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS home in ninth-place and remains second in the series standings. Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon helped Chevy capture six of the top ten spots in the race by bringing his No. 3 Dow/Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet home 10th.

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, pilot of the No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet SS, clinched a spot in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a 14th-place finish in today’s race. Johnson is the only driver to have qualified for all 11 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series playoffs.

Kyle Busch (Toyota) was second, Denny Hamlin (Toyota) was third, Matt Kenseth (Toyota) was fourth, and Joey Logano (Ford) was fifth to round out the top five finishers.

Campbell added - "Jeff Gordon’s win of the Brickyard 400 capped off a special weekend at IMS as Chevrolet teams captured four overall race wins in both IMSA and NASCAR competition."

· Stevenson Motorsports No. 6 Camaro Z/28.R won in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with drivers Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis

· Action Express No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype won the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Brickyard Grand Prix with drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa

· Ty Dillon took the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

· Jeff Gordon drove the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS to his fifth victory in the Brickyard 400

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