Kansas Speedway’s first night race was highlighted by a final-lap thriller, an unusually high number of wrecks and a long overdue win by a fan favorite.
Jeff Gordon and Co. were finally able to close the deal, capturing their first win of the 2014 Sprint Cup season.
It wasn’t an easy win for Gordon, whose team had to overcome adversity in the first half of the race.
“We had a lot of things in the first half of the race that did not go our way,” said Gordon in a post-race interview. “We knew we had a fast race car. We weren’t sure if we had as good of a race car as Kevin (Harvick), but I thought if we got in front of him we could hold him off.”
On the final pit stop, Harvick made an uncharacteristic mistake on pit road that allowed Gordon to get ahead of him. The Stewart-Haas driver was then unable to close the gap, even as it was narrowed to only a couple of car lengths, as Gordon’s progress to the checkers was slowed by several lapped cars.
Kasey Kahne breathed life back into his season with a third-place finish. Joey Logano, whose car was quick in the first half of the race but faded toward the end, was fourth, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five.
The race was marred by eight cautions, several of them the result of spins caused by rapidly changing track conditions. This kept crew chiefs on their toes all evening as they tried to stay on top of the situation.
*All quotes in this slideshow are taken from official team and manufacturer media releases unless otherwise stated.