All the doors that closed one time have opened up again for Jeff Gordon as he scored the victory in the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona on Thursday afternoon. Gordon’s victory assures him of the 3rd starting spot in Sunday’s Daytona 500. It was Gordon’s first NASCAR series win in 16 months. He ran in the top-3 for nearly the entire 60-lap event. He took the lead for the first time on lap 37, and relinquished the top spot after pit stops with 10 laps to go. Gordon eventually worked his way back to the front with drafting help from Jimmie Johnson, and traded the lead several times with Tony Stewart in the final six laps. A strong drafting push by Joey Logano pushed Gordon back into the lead with two laps to go. Gordon held off Stewart to claim the victory.
Gatorade Duel – Daytona
Watch Jeff Take the checkered flag in the Gatorade Duel #1: