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Gordon Triumphs at Talladega, 77th Win Makes History

 

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 29, 2007) - Jeff Gordon was in the right place at the right time Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway.

The four-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion was in front of the field on the restart of a green-white-checkered flag finish and won the 500-mile race before a screaming crowd of 200,000 spectators.

Gordon, in a Rick Hendrick-owned Chevy Monte Carlo SS sponsored by DuPont, finished ahead of teammate Jimmie Johnson in a wild and wooly race that produced enough action for a season, much less a 188-lap sprint that saw the story board change as much as the lead.

The victory was the 77th of Gordons career, moving him one ahead of the legendary Dale Earnhardt. It was also the sixth win in nine races for Hendrick Motorsports.

Kyle Busch and Casey Mears were both caught up in incidents that ruined their respective Talladega outings.  Busch finished 37th with Mears 39th.

Gordon extended his lead in the championship standings to 203 points over second-place Jeff Burton.  Johnson is third, Busch is eighth and Mears sits 35th.

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