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Gordon of Old Returns to Victory Lane… Rush to Return to Track

Posted By Chris Demon On Feb 28 2011 @ 1:10 am In NASCAR | 2 Comments

Kyle Busch dominated the Truck and Nationwide races, and looked like he was getting the broom out for the weekend sweep. Enter Jeff Gordon. Gordon, who led the most laps of the day, looked like he was going to settle for second with 20 to go. After all, Kyle was unstoppable this weekend. Gordon chipped away at the lead and with 8 to go, he made the pass in Busch’s strongest point of the track. After tucking up under the 18 Camry and getting him loose, he made the pass and cruised on to victory for the first time since April 2009 at Texas. The win is number 83, tying him Cale Yarbrough for 5th all time.

“It’s been a long time I know, and I’m gonna savor this one so much”
– Jeff Gordon

How much crap is Trevor Bayne going to catch for wrecking early (lap 51) after starting in a back up car. I will just say this kid is awesome, and he’s a ROOKIE. He’s running a partial season with the Wood Brothers, and full time in the Nationwide Series. I love how he is going to race part time Cup and run for the Nationwide Series title. He’s not jumping right into a full season with an underfunded team. Yes, the Wood Brothers are not a top tier by any means, but they will be making the races they want to go for and Trevor will be getting the experience. It looks like a win-win. I have no problem with the direction it looks like they are going in as a “satellite team” for Roush-Fenway. They are not running for any championship points, so it looks like a logical idea. Look for Bayne to hop into that 6 car next year. David Ragan is signed through 2014, but he may just get released early if he continues with the sub par performances.

The Busch brothers are atop the points standings heading into their hometown track of Las Vegas. Kyle has won there in the past, now can Kurt have his turn to win in front of his friends and family? He’ll have to beat brother Kyle, 2010 race winner Jimmie Johnson, and the Phoenix winner Jeff Gordon. If he is the Gordon of old, then he will be tough to beat from here on out.

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