Not only did it break the tie Gordon had with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for most NASCAR victories ever at the famed 2.5-mile track, but it also moved Gordon into a tie with Formula One's now-retired Michael Schumacher for most wins at the track in any racing series. It was enough to make Gordon admit he was emotional in the closing laps.
"It's such a big race, such an important victory, a crucial moment in the season and the championship. The emotions take over," Gordon told Fox Sports.
But what did it do for Gordon in the B/R driver rankings? Is his second win of 2014, coupled with remarkable season-long consistency, enough to put him over the top of guys such as Johnson and Brad Keselowski, who are tied with a series-high three wins apiece on the season?
Is Gordon's chemistry with his No. 24 Chevrolet team and crew chief Alan Gustafson at an all-time high? And which other top drivers are gaining in momentum and overall team strength as the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup moves closer? Read on to find out.