Jeff Gordon moved into a tie for third on NASCAR’s career victories list, winning for the 84th time when he took the checkered flag Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Gordon led most of the final 40 laps and won for the second time this season. His 84 wins tie him with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for most in NASCAR history. Richard Petty leads with 200 wins and David Pearson is second with 105. Gordon tied Bill Elliott with five wins on the 2 1/2 -mile triangle track.
Gordon started 3rd and fell out of the top-10 just once during the event. He ran in the top-5 for the balance of the second half of the race and pulled away from Kurt Busch in the closing stages. This win was a bit more special for Gordon, who turns 40 in August. His first order of business once he hopped out of the car was a kiss from his daughter, Ella.
Road ahead: The series heads to one of Jeff Gordon’s favorite tracks — the 2-mile Michigan Speedway. Although Gordon has just two victories in 36 career starts there, he has 23 top-10 finishes. In addition, he’s posted three top-5 finishes in the last 4 races at the track.
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