Jeff Gordon advances to next round of Chase with first Dover victory since 2001

Byps3gkIYAADVwxJeff Gordon closed out round 1 of the new format in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) “Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship” Sunday with the victory over Brad Keselowski, as he tamed “the Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway in the AAA 400.

This was Gordon’s fourth series win of the 2014 season, his ninty-second series career win and his fifth series win at Dover International Speedway.

Following Gordon and Keselowski to the drop of the checkered flag were Jimmie Johnson finishing third, Joey Logano fourth and Matt Kenseth finished fifth.

Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Kyle Larson, brought home sixth-place, while Martin Truex, Jr., finished seventh, Ryan Newman eighth, Clint Bowyer ninth and Kyle Busch claiming tenth-place.

The points reset to 3000 for the twelve drivers advancing to the next round in the “Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship,” and those drivers will be: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.

Eliminated from advancing to the next round in the “Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship” – and will now focus on trying to win in the last seven races of the season – were: AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola. These driver’s points will reset back to the regular point standings seen below on the scoring grid.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 130.541 MPH
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 03 Mins, 51 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 4.352 Seconds
Lead Changes: 10 among 7 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 23 laps

Next Up: The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 5th, with an approximate starting time of 2:20 pm (ET) and television coverage provided by ESPN.

AAA 400 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 24 Jeff Gordon 400 Running 94 47 4
2 2 Brad Keselowski 400 Running 78 43 1
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 400 Running 0 41 0
4 22 Joey Logano 400 Running 0 40 0
5 20 Matt Kenseth 400 Running 2 40 1
6 42 Kyle Larson # 400 Running 0 38 0
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. 400 Running 0 37 0
8 31 Ryan Newman 400 Running 0 36 0
9 15 Clint Bowyer 400 Running 1 36 1
10 18 Kyle Busch 400 Running 0 34 0
11 99 Carl Edwards 400 Running 1 34 1
12 11 Denny Hamlin 400 Running 0 32 0
13 4 Kevin Harvick 399 Running 223 33 2
14 14 Tony Stewart 399 Running 0 30 0
15 55 Brian Vickers 399 Running 0 29 0
16 27 Paul Menard 399 Running 0 28 0
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 399 Running 0 27 0
18 41 Kurt Busch 399 Running 0 26 0
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 399 Running 0 25 0
20 5 Kasey Kahne 399 Running 0 24 0
21 16 Greg Biffle 399 Running 0 23 0
22 1 Jamie McMurray 398 Running 1 23 1
23 47 AJ Allmendinger 398 Running 0 21 0
24 3 Austin Dillon # 398 Running 0 20 0
25 10 Danica Patrick 398 Running 0 19 0
26 9 Marcos Ambrose 398 Running 0 18 0
27 13 Casey Mears 397 Running 0 17 0
28 43 Aric Almirola 397 Running 0 16 0
29 51 Justin Allgaier # 395 Running 0 15 0
30 26 Cole Whitt # 395 Running 0 14 0
31 34 David Ragan 395 Running 0 13 0
32 36 Reed Sorenson 394 Running 0 12 0
33 38 David Gilliland 393 Running 0 11 0
34 23 Alex Bowman # 391 Running 0 10 0
35 40 Landon Cassill (i) 391 Running 0 0 0
36 37 Mike Bliss(i) 391 Running 0 0 0
37 33 David Stremme 389 Running 0 7 0
38 83 Travis Kvapil 389 Running 0 6 0
39 32 J.J. Yeley (i) 387 Running 0 0 0
40 66 Mike Wallace(i) 384 Running 0 0 0
41 7 Michael Annett # 361 Accident 0 3 0
42 98 Josh Wise 197 Suspension 0 2 0
43 44 Timmy Hill 11 Vibration 0 1 0

# – Rookie
Gold – Chase Drivers
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings After Dover (Sept Race) Top 16
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 2 Brad Keselowski 3000 0 29 5 13 16 1
2 22 Joey Logano 3000 0 29 4 13 18 4
3 4 Kevin Harvick 3000 0 29 2 10 15 2
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 3000 0 29 3 10 18 3
5 24 Jeff Gordon 3000 0 29 4 11 19 0
6 18 Kyle Busch 3000 0 29 1 6 12 4
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 3000 0 29 3 11 17 2
8 20 Matt Kenseth 3000 0 29 0 11 18 2
9 31 Ryan Newman 3000 0 29 0 2 11 1
10 99 Carl Edwards 3000 0 29 2 6 11 2
11 11 Denny Hamlin 3000 0 28 1 6 12 2
12 5 Kasey Kahne 3000 0 29 1 3 10 3
13 47 AJ Allmendinger 2077 -923 29 1 2 4 3
14 41 Kurt Busch 2073 -927 29 1 6 8 5
15 16 Greg Biffle 2072 -928 29 0 3 10 1
16 43 Aric Almirola 2061 -939 29 1 2 7 6

Gold – Drivers Locked into Contender 12 Round
Red – Drivers Eliminated

Sprint Cup Chase Bracket
Seed Challenger 16 Contender 12 Eliminator 8 Championship 4 Champion
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Jeff Gordon
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr Brad Keselowski
4 Jimmie Johnson Joey Logano
5 Joey Logano Kevin Harvick  
6 Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson  
7 Carl Edwards Jeff Gordon    
8 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch      
9 Denny Hamlin Dale Earnhardt Jr    
10 Kurt Busch Matt Kenseth    
11 Kasey Kahne Ryan Newman  
12 Aric Almirola Carl Edwards  
13 AJ Allmendinger Denny Hamlin
14 Matt Kenseth Kasey Kahne
15 Greg Biffle
16 Ryan Newman

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing After Dover (Sept Race) (Top 16)
Pos. Owner Car # Points Behind Attempts
1 Roger Penske 2 2140 Leader 29
2 Walter Czarnecki 22 2136 -4 29
3 Tony Stewart 4 2123 -17 29
4 Jeff Gordon 48 2121 -19 29
5 Rick Hendrick 24 2117 -23 29
6 Joe Gibbs 18 2111 -29 29
7 Rick Hendrick 88 2104 -36 29
8 Joe Gibbs 20 2097 -43 29
9 Richard Childress 31 2091 -49 29
10 Jack Roush 99 2091 -49 29
11 JD Gibbs 11 2081 -59 29
12 Linda Hendrick 5 2079 -61 29
13 Tad Geschickter 47 2077 -63 29
14 Gene Haas 41 2073 -67 29
15 Jack Roush 16 2072 -68 29
16 Richard Petty 43 2061 -79 29

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings After Dover (Sept Race)
Pos. Manufacturer Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 1298 Leader
2 Ford 1273 -25
3 Toyota 1161 -137

 

 

 

 

 

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