Jeff Gordon knew his car was better than his 22nd place starting spot at Kansas Speedway. He turned the 2nd fastest lap in the final practice session a day earlier and fought a loose handling car during the qualifying run. When the green flag waved to start the STP 400, Gordon moved through race traffic. By lap 15, he had gained seven positions on the track. On lap 30, he entered the top-10 with a pass on Brian Vickers. After a cycle of green flag pit stops, Gordon ran in 9th place. He had moved to 8th when the first caution for debris waved on lap 67. Gordon ran as high as 6th before handling issues on a longer run allowed Kevin Harvick to pass on lap 95. Following a caution flag and pit stop, Gordon zoomed through traffic on four fresh tires. He moved up to 4th on lap 118 before Landon Cassill brought out the caution one lap later. At the halfway point, Gordon ran in 3rd place. However, he lost two spots on pit road during caution flag stops on lap 160. Gordon moved to 2nd on lap 165 when Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin made slight contact in turn one. With 62 to go, Gordon pitted for tires and fuel under the green flag. He ran in 2nd until he came to pit road for fuel with 19 laps to go. Gordon finished the race in 4th due to the top-3 winning the fuel mileage game.
Road ahead: The NASCAR series visits Pocono Raceway for the first of two visits in 2011. Gordon has 7 top-10 finishes in the last 9 races on the 2.5-mile triangular track. He has 4 career wins at the track, with the most recent coming in a rain-shortened event in 2007.
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