March 1 – – Jeff Gordon seemed destined for a top-three finish in the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. However, a mental mistake with 65 laps to go wound up costing him a potential victory. Gordon missed pit road, locked up his brakes, and wound up shredding the left front tire and the fender on the DuPont Chevrolet. After patchwork repairs, Gordon went to work on the track and rallied for a solid 6th place finish– which allowed him to take the points lead for the first time since October 2007. He also surpassed 20,000 laps led in his Cup series career when he led the mid-stages of the event.
Shelby 427 – 6th Place [audio:https://www.scannerbytes.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jeff-gordon-2009-03-01-shelby-427-las-vegas.mp3]
Jeff gets his 20,000th lap lead in his career, passing Rusty Wallace
Jeff’s tire blows entering the pits