Jeff Gordon scores emotional win in eventful day at Martinsville Speedway

Jeff Gordon celebrates his win after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Jeff Gordon celebrates his win after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Jeff Gordon’s first win of 2015 was only one of the spectacular stories that happened at Martinsville Speedway Sunday. Gordon held off Jamie McMurray in the closing laps of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody’s 500 to score his first win of 2105, and ensure his spot in the final Chase race at Homestead. In a race that took much of the afternoon it was fitting that Gordon, in the twilight of his career, won as the sun was setting at NASCAR’s oldest active track.

“We’re going to Homestead!” an emotional Gordon yelled after he climbed from his car.

Gordon’s 93rd career win was possible only after an equally dramatic story unfolded late in the race.  Joey Logano, who had won the previous three races leading up to Sunday and started from the pole, led a race high 207 laps and looked to be the car to beat, saw his race suddenly end on lap 453 of 500. Matt Kenseth who had crashed a few laps earlier, slowed and waited as leader Logano came by. Kenseth turned up and into Logano sending him hard into the outside wall.  Kenseth’s car stopped in the middle of the turn while Logano’s car stopped at the bottom of the turn. The crowd roared as Kenseth climbed from his car.

The move smacked of retaliation after Kenseth and Logano had tangled at Kansas Speedway last month. MORE>>>

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