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Gordon Tames Darlington

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Another week, another Hendrick
Motorsports victory.
Points leader Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag at the Dodge
Avenger 500 at Darlington. It's his third win in the last four
Nextel Cup races and his seventh overall at the South Carolina
track.
Denny Hamlin finished second, while last week's winner, Jimmie
Johnson, finished third for Hendrick. Ryan Newman was fourth and
followed by Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth.
Gordon made it four in a row for the powerful Hendrick
organization, which has won eight of the last nine Nextel Cup races
and remained perfect in all five events the Car of Tomorrow has
been used.
Rain washed out Saturday's race and it was rescheduled for
Sunday, making it the first NASCAR race run on Mother's Day since
1986.

Darlington, S.C.
Lap length: 1.366 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (10) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 367 laps, 124.383 mph.,
$323,286.
2. (7) Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 367, $211,550.
3. (12) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 367, $197,761.
4. (29) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 367, $159,875.
5. (4) Carl Edwards, Ford, 367, $125,475.
6. (26) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 367, $145,961.
7. (31) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 367, $143,516.
8. (21) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 367, $133,033.
9. (1) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 367, $114,575.
10. (34) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 367, $127,541.
11. (25) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 367, $112,320.
12. (18) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 367, $119,108.
13. (28) Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 367, $104,433.
14. (37) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 367, $108,308.
15. (2) Greg Biffle, Ford, 367, $97,700.
16. (3) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 367, $89,850.
17. (9) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 367, $125,886.
18. (22) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 367, $108,183.
19. (13) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 367, $117,036.
20. (5) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 367, $124,616.
21. (17) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 367, $96,370.
22. (39) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 365, $100,008.
23. (41) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 365, $113,575.
24. (6) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, 365, $75,775.
25. (42) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 364, $87,233.
26. (40) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 364, $105,333.
27. (24) David Ragan, Ford, 363, $109,425.
28. (35) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 363, $69,950.
29. (19) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 361, $69,750.
30. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 361, engine, $100,289.
31. (23) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 358, $69,325.
32. (27) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 355, engine, $89,197.
33. (14) David Reutimann, Toyota, 351, engine, $69,925.
34. (30) David Stremme, Dodge, 349, engine, $68,850.
35. (11) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 345, engine, $76,600.
36. (20) AJ Allmendinger, Toyota, 344, $68,450.
37. (36) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 338, $86,250.
38. (33) Robby Gordon, Ford, 317, $68,025.
39. (32) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 310, engine, $78,400.
40. (16) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 310, $75,750.
41. (8) Ken Schrader, Ford, 254, accident, $87,839.
42. (43) Kevin Lepage, Dodge, 127, transmission, $68,280.
43. (15) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 122, accident, $67,382.
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Race Statistics
Time of Race: 4 hours, 1 minute, 50 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 0.978 seconds.
Caution Flags: Ten for 40 laps.
Lead Changes: 21 among 10 drivers.
Lap Leaders: C.Bowyer 1-16; C. Edwards 17-34; D.Hamlin 35-101;
C.Edwards 102-116; D.Hamlin 117-177; R.Newman 178-179; M.Kenseth
180-181; D.Hamlin 182-221; R.Newman 222-238; D.Hamlin 239;
K.Schrader 240-241; M.Kenseth 242-255; J.Johnson 256; M.Kenseth
257-269; R.Newman 270-289; D.Hamlin 290-299; J.Johnson 300-305;
E.Sadler 306; J.Johnson 307-335; D.Blaney 336-337; J.Johnson
338-345; J.Gordon 346-367.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): D.Hamlin, 5
times for 179 laps; J.Johnson, 4 times for 44 laps; R.Newman, 3
times for 39 laps; C.Edwards, 2 times for 33 laps; M.Kenseth, 3
times for 29 laps; J.Gordon, 1 time for 22 laps; C.Bowyer, 1 time
for 16 laps; K.Schrader, 1 time for 2 laps; D.Blaney, 1 time for 2
laps; E.Sadler, 1 time for 1 lap.
Point Standings: 1. J.Gordon, 1,881. 2. J.Johnson, 1,650. 3.
M.Kenseth, 1,582. 4. D.Hamlin, 1,539. 5. J.Burton, 1,486. 6.
T.Stewart, 1,375. 7. Ku.Busch, 1,325. 8. K.Harvick, 1,315. 9.
C.Bowyer, 1,302. 10. C.Edwards, 1,291.


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