Jeff Gordon wins for record fifth time at the Brickyard

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates by kissing the bricks after winning...

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates by kissing the bricks after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:56 PM ET

There were two distinct races going on at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday at the Brickyard 400: The first half, where everyone seemed to be on a different fuel strategy, and the second half, where it was all about track position.

At the end of the 160 laps around the 2.5-mile oval, Jeff Gordon had mastered both, pulling out a historic fifth win at the Brickyard in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

No one in a stock car or an IndyCar had ever won five times at the world’s most famous oval in more than 100 years.

Only Michael Schumacher had five wins prior to Sunday, but his were on the road course in Formula 1.

That it was Gordon who got to that fifth win before anyone else was hardly an accident, he has been at the forefront of Sprint Cup racing for two decades — in fact he won the first NASCAR race at IMS 21 years ago.


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