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by Pete McCole
October 13, 2007

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Jeff Gordon finally shook off his bad luck at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and moved one step closer to his fifth series title with his second straight victory in a wild finish in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500.

Despite a sputtering race car, Gordon held on for the green-white-checkered finish over fellow Chase for the Nextel Cup contender Clint Bowyer after polesitter Ryan Newman spun with seven laps to go to notch his 81st career Nextel Cup victory and sixth of the season.

Chase contenders swept the top five positions with Kyle Busch coming home third, followed by Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards.

Gordon’s victory was his first since October of 1999 and his first top-10 finish in his last six starts here, breaking a string of five straight DNF’s.

“I can’t tell you how many times we tried to give this one away,” said Gordon. “Between running out of fuel there at the end and it was just crazy. This is just an incredible day for the DuPont Chevrolet. This is what we’ve been looking for is getting a win at Charlotte. We needed to get this finish.”

“Jimmie Johnson, I’m not sure what happened to him. He had us all covered, and when I saw they had a problem, I thought it was an opportunity for us.”

Gordon’s opportunity came at the expense of several other Chase for the Nextel Cup contenders, further muddling the championship picture for those chasing Gordon, who now holds a 68-point lead in the standings over Johnson.

Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Johnson all experienced problems, however none of the Chase drivers fell harder than Harvick, who fell several laps down early in the race and dropped from fifth to eighth in the standings.

The run of bad luck for the Chase drivers even claimed Johnson - a perennial favorite at Lowe’s with 11 straight top-10 finishes here - who backed into the wall coming out of turn two on lap 232, but managed to salvage a top-20 finish.

Gordon led four times for 72 laps, passing Kyle Busch on a restart with 50 laps to go to lead for the third time. Gordon held the point for the next 38 laps before the caution flag was displayed on lap 323, followed by the red flag as the safety crews cleaned up the track.

On the restart with ten laps to go, Gordon’s car stuttered in turn one, stacking up the field behind him as Newman rocketed past into the lead.


Jeff Gordon burns rubber
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Gordon recovered to hold onto second place, putting him in position to regain the lead as Newman unbelievably spun out just two laps later, setting up the green-white-checkered finish.

“Just unfortunate,” said Newman. “We blew a left rear tire out. I couldn’t tell if it felt a little spongy before, but obviously the car was plenty fast. We were running away from them after Gordon’s little slipup, we ended up blowing a tire.”

Gordon again faltered on the restart as he and Bowyer made contact heading into turn one, but Gordon’s car came to life and pulled away to beat Bowyer by 0.579 seconds at the line.

“I ran out of gas going into turn one for some reason, it just didn’t pick up the fuel in the tank and (Kyle Busch) could have run all over the top of me and he didn’t,” said Gordon. “Then on that last restart, the tires spun so bad that Clint Bowyer could have gone right by me and he gave me a big shot in the rear bumper and that kind of got me going again.”

Bowyer’s runner-up finish was his third top-two finish in the last five races and his career-best finish at Lowe’s

“Yeah, he spun the tires and I kind of backpedaled a little bit and got a good run on him and I just didn’t pull it down quick enough,” said Bowyer. “He slipped and I was gaining on him too fast and got into the back of him instead of going underneath him.”

Bowyer is still third in the title hunt as the top four in the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings remain unchanged. Stewart holds fourth, followed by Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Harvick, Hamlin, Burton, Martin Truex, Jr. and Kenseth.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 190/5 337 Running
2 25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 175/5 337 Running
3 13 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 170/5 337 Running
4 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 160/0 337 Running
5 18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 155/0 337 Running
6 34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar /CatUsed.com 155/5 337 Running
7 29 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 146/0 337 Running
8 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Mopar / Dodge Dealers / UAW 142/0 337 Running
9 28 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 138/0 337 Running
10 19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 139/5 337 Running
11 33 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 130/0 337 Running
12 3 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Racing / Pink for the Cure 127/0 337 Running
13 39 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 124/0 337 Running
14 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 131/10 337 Running
15 30 84 A.J. Allmendinger * Toyota Red Bull 118/0 337 Running
16 12 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 115/0 337 Running
17 32 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 112/0 337 Running
18 42 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Tire Kingdom 114/5 337 Running
19 22 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 106/0 337 Running
20 11 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko's 103/0 337 Running
21 9 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 100/0 336 Running
22 17 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Rain-X / Menards 97/0 336 Running
23 23 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 94/0 336 Off Track
24 6 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 96/5 336 Running
25 21 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M's / Susan G Komen for the Cure 88/0 335 Running
26 8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 90/5 335 Running
27 10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 82/0 334 Running
28 1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 84/5 334 Running
29 20 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Dominos.com 76/0 333 Running
30 26 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Fujifilm 73/0 333 Running
31 41 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 70/0 331 Running
32 37 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy / Garmin 67/0 330 Running
33 24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 64/0 330 Running
34 7 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt for Women 66/5 283 Running
35 35 21 Bill Elliott Ford Ore-Ida Extra Crispy / Heinz 58/0 282 Running
36 14 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 55/0 279 Out of Race
37 36 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 52/0 274 Out of Race
38 40 7 Robby Gordon Ford Motorola Digital Audio Players 54/5 270 Running
39 38 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 46/0 254 Running
40 31 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA 43/0 231 Running
41 16 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 40/0 228 Off Track
42 43 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 37/0 207 Out of Race
43 15 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 34/0 84 Out of Race

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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