Jeff Gordon wins at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Gordon earned his first win of the season, and the eighth of his career at Martinsville Speedway, by capturing the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger.

Gordon made what proved to be the winning pass on Matt Kenseth with 21 laps to go and held off the rest of the field for the victory. It moved him into third place in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 27 points behind Matt Kenseth and Johnson, who are now tied for first with three races remaining in the season (Kenseth owns the tiebreaker).

“I’m just so proud of my team for never giving up. We’ve shown it all year long and we’ve been through a lot. But this is making it all worth it, to get this huge win at Martinsville,” Gordon said in Victory Lane. “Man, what a great race car.”

Kenseth was attempting to win for the first time in 28 career starts at Martinsville, where he typically has struggled.

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