Jeff Gordon celebrates win as Kasey Kahne races into next Chase round

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 28: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 28, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

 

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 28, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – SEPTEMBER 28: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 28, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Hendrick Motorsports will have all four of its drivers in the second round of NASCAR’s new Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jeff Gordon took the lead on lap 307 and never looked back as he powered to victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.  His teammate Kasey Kahne overcame a loose tire early in the race fighting back to finish 20th and move to the next round of the Chase.

“We came in here with a little bit of extra pressure because we weren’t guaranteed to be in,” Gordon said. “If we hadn’t finished where we were running at New Hampshire last week, it would have been kind of an easy day for us. But all we did was focus on executing as a team and trying to win this race and nothing else.”

Kevin Harvick led from the pole and was the dominate car leading a race high 223 of the 400 laps. But 48 laps from the end, Harvick’s Chevy lost a left front tire and he was forced to pit. He restarted 21st but was never able to make it back to the front and settled for a 13th place finish one lap down.

“I don’t know what happened to Kevin Harvick,” Gordon said. MORE>>>

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