8.18.14: Gordon wins at MIS
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Gordon raced to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001.
Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup victory at MIS.
After a series of cautions, Gordon came off the final restart well and led with 16 laps remaining. He fought off a challenge from Joey Logano and maintained a comfortable margin over Harvick, winning by 1.4 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet.
Harvick was second, followed by Logano, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Gordon completed a sweep at MIS for Hendrick Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson won the June race on the two-mile oval.
With flames visible at the front and back of his car, Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson had to get out quickly after crashing into the wall near the midway point of Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.
NASCAR on Friday announced a rule barring drivers from approaching the track or moving cars after accidents. The rule came after Kevin Ward Jr. was killed during a sprint car race in New York after being struck by a car driven by Tony Stewart.
There are exceptions to the rule. When a car is on fire, drivers can exit as quickly as they need to. Larson got out and stayed close to his car until an emergency vehicle arrived. He was evaluated and released from the infield care center.