Gordon Passes Earnhardt, Field at Talladega

By: AP
By: AP

Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag in
the Aaron's 499, breaking a tie with the late Dale Earnhardt for
sixth place on NASCAR's career victory list. He tied Earnhardt with
a win last week at Phoenix.
It's only fitting that he moved past Earnhardt with a win at
Talladega Superspeedway, where Earnhardt -- who would have been 56
today - won ten of his 76 Cup titles.
It was a bizarre finish. Two separate accidents on the first lap
of a three-lap shootout to the finish froze the field and had
NASCAR scrambling to make sense of the things.
Gordon, who was 14th on a restart with ten laps to go, stormed
to the lead a second before NASCAR called a caution after David
Reutimann's engine failed and dumped oil all over the track.
It set up the three-lap sprint to the finish. But NASCAR makes
only one attempt to complete it. If caution comes out, the race
instantly ends. So when Elliott Sadler bumped the back of Greg
Biffle to trigger a wreck, the race was effectively over.

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