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Texas Hotshot
Lars Anderson
April 13, 2009
Before Sunday, Texas Motor Speedway was one of two current tracks—Homestead-Miami being the other—at which Jeff Gordon had never won a Cup race. Gordon, who was stuck in the longest winless streak of his career (47 races), was so sure that he wouldn't get to Victory Lane in Fort Worth that his wife, Ingrid, and their daughter, Ella, stayed home in Charlotte. Well, they missed a celebration (above). A fast pit stop with 29 laps left propelled Gordon from third place to first in the Samsung 500, and he went on to win for the first time since Oct. 13, 2007. More significant, the victory increased Gordon's lead in the standings to 162 points over Jimmie Johnson, who was second on Sunday.
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April 13, 2009

Texas Hotshot

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Before Sunday, Texas Motor Speedway was one of two current tracks—Homestead-Miami being the other—at which Jeff Gordon had never won a Cup race. Gordon, who was stuck in the longest winless streak of his career (47 races), was so sure that he wouldn't get to Victory Lane in Fort Worth that his wife, Ingrid, and their daughter, Ella, stayed home in Charlotte. Well, they missed a celebration (above). A fast pit stop with 29 laps left propelled Gordon from third place to first in the Samsung 500, and he went on to win for the first time since Oct. 13, 2007. More significant, the victory increased Gordon's lead in the standings to 162 points over Jimmie Johnson, who was second on Sunday.

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