Jeff Gordon takes record fifth win at Indianapolis

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NASCAR Sprint Cup leader Jeff Gordon won his second race of the year - and a fifth at the Brickyard - to solidify his lead at the top of the standings.

Though most of Gordon's race was spent at the back of the leading group consisting of himself, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, Gordon made, in his words, one of the best restarts of his life to overtake team-mate Kahne with 17 laps to go.

As the race unfolded it was clear that the Hendrick Motorsports cars were in strong contention for the victory. Gordon took the lead from pole-sitter Harvick on lap 2, and only relinquished it when a pre-planned yellow caution on lap 21 brought most of the leading pack in for their first pit stops. 

Kahne, running in a third Hendrick car, would jump into the lead position after the third round of stops, with Kyle Busch briefly holding onto second before Gordan breezed past. The front pair would be in close proximity through the fourth and final stops under green flag conditions.

With Ryan Truex losing power the yellows were thrown, closing both up, with Gordon snatching the lead as soon as the green flag came out. The winning margin was 2.3 seconds, with Busch taking second ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing team-mates Denny Hamlin, rising from a lowly grid position of 27th, and Matt Kenseth. Logano's strategy paid off to take 5th, with Kahne and Harvick 6th and 8th respectively. 

"I'm not very good on restarts and wasn't very good today, but I finally got the restart of my life when it counted most," said Gordon after his 90th career win. "I don't think there's a greater feeling for a race car driver than to be here in Victory Lane in Indianapolis."

His Cup standings lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr., who could only manage 9th on Sunday, has increased to 24 points. The Sprint Cup will be at Pocono Raceway next weekend for the 400.