Top 10 Stories of 2011 – #3 Jeff Gordon’s 85th NASCAR Sprint Cup Win

3-Jeff Gordon’s 85th NASCAR Sprint Cup Win
Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon fell short in his title bid, but the 2011 season was his first with multiple victories since 2007. He broke a 66-race winless streak at Phoenix International Raceway in February, added another win at Pocono Raceway in June and scored a historic 85th career victory in a weather-delayed AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September. Atlanta’s victory gave Gordon sole possession of third among all NASCAR Sprint Cup winners, breaking a tie with NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bobby Allison and soon-to-be-inducted Darrell Waltrip.

The Final Lap #173 – Richmond NASCAR Chase Scenarios

SHOW #173 – We recap Jeff Gordon’s 85th career win from Atlanta Motor Speedway. Plus we get you all set up for Richmond, and every possible Chase Scenario. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop
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Video: The Final Lap NASCAR Race Recap – Jeff Gordon Wins Atlanta for 85th career win

Jeff Gordon wins his 3rd race of the season, and 85th of his career, putting him in sole possession of 3rd place on the all time NASCAR wins list.

2011 NASCAR Race #25 Results: Atlanta

1 5 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
2 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet
3 20 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet
4 10 22 Kurt Busch Shell Pennzoil Dodge
5 7 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford
6 14 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge
7 21 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem.com Chevrolet
8 13 11 Denny Hamlin Charter Communications Toyota
9 6 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford
10 11 43 AJ Allmendinger Best Buy Ford
11 4 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota
12 15 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford
13 27 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet
14 8 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
15 12 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet
16 25 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet
17 32 5 Mark Martin CARQUEST Auto Parts / GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
18 22 27 Paul Menard Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet
19 29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Military Intelligence Chevrolet
20 9 39 Ryan Newman Army Reserve Chevrolet

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Jeff Gordon: Victory No. 85 Adds To The Legend

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2011) – Further cementing his legendary status, Jeff Gordon won the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his 85th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. With the historic milestone win, Gordon took sole possession of third on the all-time series wins list. Only Richard Petty (200 wins) and David Pearson (105) have more.

“I have always liked him as a driver,” said Pearson, next on Gordon’s march up the wins list. “He is smart, takes care of his equipment and when it is time to go, he gets right up there with them. Reminds me some of the way I drove. … He has been the ‘head honcho’ for a long time in NASCAR. He was good out of the box and has been very good ever since.”

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Tuesday Race Recap: Gordon Holds Off Johnson for 85th Career Cup Win in Atlanta

Special to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

(September 6, 2011)

HAMPTON, Ga. — Jeff Gordon dominated much of the rain-delayed AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday and then won a duel with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for his third Sprint Cup Series win of the season.

Gordon held about a 2-second lead with 20 laps remaining, but Johnson, who rallied from early struggles, closed on Gordon’s bumper with 11 laps remaining. He then dogged Gordon over the final 10 laps, trying repeatedly to get by his teammate.

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