Jeff Gordon captured the win for the 65th annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 for his 88th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Gordon captured his first win this season and his 17th top-10 finish of the year. He led a total of 78 of the 500 laps that made up the distance. Today’s win moves him up two spots in the standings to third.
"Of course we had to really run in Matt's tracks. He was strong," said Gordon. "I felt like they made some adjustments, made his car even better. That's probably the most patient I've had to be here, or in a race in a long time, just because I didn't see his car fading like I thought it would. It just took a little longer, and it finally did start to give up a little bit, and we took advantage of that."
Matt Kenseth comes home in the second position after an up and down battle in the race all day long. Kenseth finds himself tied with Jimmie Johnson with the series points lead going into the next three remaining races of the year. He also was credited of leading the most laps of 202. Kenseth was just 0.596 seconds behind the race winner at the line.
Clint Bowyer came home in the third position after a solid day. Bowyer started the race from the fifth spot and led 60 laps of the event. Today was the 10th time in 16 starts at Martinsville Speedway where he has finished up into the Top-10.
Danica Patrick was the highest finishing rookie coming home in the 17th position. Patrick started the race from the 41st spot after a not so good qualifying lap. She had to go to a back up car after a crash Friday in the practice session.
The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at the Texas Motor Speedway. Race coverage will begin live Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Et. on ESPN. The Performance Racing Network will provide the radio coverage of the event. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.