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Jeff Gordon wins Pure Michigan 400

08/17/2014, 12:00am EDT
By BLADE STAFF
Jeff Gordon wins Pure Michigan 400

Roger Curtis, president of Michigan International Speedway, left, stands by while Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, center, and Jeff Gordon, right, the winner of the 45th Annual Pure Michigan 400, hold up the inaugural Michigan Herita

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Jeff Gordon took over the race lead with 16 laps left to win the Pure Michigan 400 today at Michigan International Speedway.

Gordon passed race leader Joey Logano off the restart on Turn 2 to take the lead on a day when, at times, Logano appeared to cruise. Logano led 86 laps of today's race while Gordon led 68, and each held the lead five times in the 200-lap race.

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With a deft move off a restart on lap 184, Gordon scooted around Logano between the first and second turns on the 2-mile superspeedway to take the lead for a final time.

“Even though Joey got out there and he was kind of sitting on an island by himself, we tracked him down and I was able to get to his left rear,” Gordon said. “I drove him back and it gave me a ton of momentum. I was able to shoot to the bottom and get by him.”

Gordon earned his third Sprint Cup win of the season and finished ahead of Kevin Harvick, Logano, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Gordon earned his third Sprint Cup win of the season and is atop the Sprint Cup driver points standings with 816 points, three ahead of Earnhardt, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.

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