Jeff Gordon’s team lines up to join him in victory/Photo: courtesy of Andy Duvall for HC Sports Daily.
Jeff Gordon’s team lines up to join him in victory/Photo: courtesy of Andy Duvall for HC Sports Daily.
Once you enter Exit 61 off I-74 west onto Jeff Gordon Boulevard, you don't have to go too far before being greeted by a sign that reads: Welcome to Pittsboro - "Home of Jeff Gordon.'

Though Gordon was born in California and raised in rural Pittsboro and graduated from Tri-West High School, you could also say that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is his second home.

Hoosier Tony Stewart talks about his day at the famed track/Photo courtesy of Shawn Barney Photography.
Tony Stewart talks about his day at the famed track/Photo: courtesy of Shawn Barney for HC Sports Daily.

Jeff Gordon enjoyed another visit back to Indiana....Back at the famous IMS track....Back in the winner's circle....and back in the record book at the famed 2.5-mile oval, where he won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

And he continued the tradition of "Kissing the Bricks,' something he now has done five times at IMS.

Jeff Gordon was able to savor the moment 20 yers after his last Brickyard 400 championship/Photo courtesy of Shawn Barney Photography.
Jeff Gordon was able to savor the moment 20 yers after his last Brickyard 400 championship/Photo courtesy of Shawn Barney for HC Sports Daily.

It marked the racing super star's fifth time to win at Indy in his illustrious career...and Gordon and Formula One great Michael Schumaker, who won won the U.S. Grand Prix 5 times, are now the only five-time champions at the Racing Capital of the World. Gordon's previous victories at IMS came in 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2004.

How special was this one?

Well, for starters it happened on "Jeff Gordon Day' in Indianapolis.

Gordon was honored on Friday at the Speedway on the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard 400 win in 1994. He was awarded a No. 24 placard from the old IMS pylon and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard pronounced

Sunday "Jeff Gordon Day."

Well, welcome back home...again!

It was indeed his day!

A great feeling.

Yep, that's what Gordon said. He said he didn't think there's a greater feeling as a race car driver, and a race team.

He said it's such a "great race and such an important victory and such an important moment in the season and championship."

Gordon also broke a tie with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for the most wins at Indianapolis and pushed his record for most career laps led to 528. He also continued Chevrolet's dominance at the track; Chevrolet has won 12 consecutive races and 16-of-21 overall.

Gordon led 40 laps in the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, holding off Kyle Busch's No. 18 Snickers Toyota over the last 15 laps.

Ryan Newman (South Bend) and Tony Stewart (Rushville) finished 11th and 17th, respectively.

Danica Patrick went out after 114 laps because of a rear gear problem. She finished 42nd. Trevor Bayne, involved in an accident, was 43rd. he went out after completing 96 laps.

IMS contributed to this report


The FINISH: BRICKARD 400

Start FINISH Car Driver Team Lap Status

2 1 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 160 Running

12 2 18 Kyle Busch Snickers Toyota 160 Running

27 3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 160 Running

13 4 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 160 Running

9 5 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoli Ford 160 Running

10 6 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevrolet 160 Running

15 7 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 160 Running

1 8 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 160 Running

23 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 160 Running

17 10 3 Austin Dillon Dow/Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet 160 Running

4 11 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 160 Running

3 12 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 160 Running

19 13 16 Greg Biffle 3M Safety Ford 160 Running

11 14 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 160 Running

18 15 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 160 Running

16 16 15 Clint Bowyer RK Motors Charlotte Toyota 160 Running

6 17 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 160 Running

36 18 47 A.J. Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 160 Running

5 19 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 160 Running

24 20 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 160 Running

41 21 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 160 Running

22 22 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 160 Running

8 23 12 Juan Pablo Montoya Penske Truck Rental Ford 160 Running

21 24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. EcoPower Oil Ford 160 Running

25 25 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 160 Running

28 26 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 160 Running

31 27 51 Justin Allgaier Collision Cure Body Werks Chevrolet 159 Running

7 28 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 159 Running

30 29 98 Josh Wise Curb Records/Lee Brice Chevrolet 159 Running

37 30 40 Landon Cassill Carsforsale.com Chevrolet 158 Running

33 31 7 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 158 Running

39 32 26 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Gear Toyota 158 Running

26 33 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 158 Running

29 34 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevrolet 158 Running

38 35 34 David Ragan MDS Ford 158 Running

34 36 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 157 Running

43 37 37 Bobby Labonte Accell Construction Chevrolet 157 Running

42 38 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet 156 Running

40 39 32 Travis Kvapil KeenParts.com/tryandrozene.com Ford 156 Running

35 40 23 Alex Bowman Dr. Pepper Toyota 156 Running

32 41 83 Ryan Truex Burger King Toyota 149 Running

14 42 10 Danica Patrick Go Daddy Chevrolet 114 Rear Gear

20 43 21 Trevor Bayne Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 96 Accident

NASCAR Sprint Cup Points Standings

1. Jeff Gordon 711

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 693

3. Brad Keseleowski 661

4. Matt Kenseth 661

5. Jimmie John son 628

6. Kyle Busch 609

7. Ryan Newman 606

8. Carl Edwards 603

19. Tony Stewart 529

28. Danica Patrick 382