Jeff Gordon landed in Victory Lane for the fourth time this season, taking the checkered flag at the AAA 400. It was Gordon’s first victory at Dover International Speedway since 2001.
Gordon joins Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski as the only three drivers to have at least four victories this season. Keselowski leads the way with five.
Taking the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, Gordon also earns an automatic berth in the next round, joining previous winners Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.
Under the new NASCAR rules, four drivers are also eliminated from the Chase after every third race. With three in the books, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle all were eliminated from championship contention.
The AAA 400 leaderboard featured a number of this year’s top drivers, with Gordon finishing first, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth.
As a result, the victory resulted in little gain for Gordon in the latest NASCAR Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports.
The top four drivers in the rankings remain unchanged, with Joey Logano leading the way, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
Jimmie Johnson – following his second consecutive top five finish – moves up to fifth place, bumping Dale Earnhardt Jr. to sixth.
Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. are this week’s biggest movers, jumping up two spots in the rankings. Kurt Busch – who was eliminated from Chase contention – is this week’s biggest loser, falling four spots.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup now moves on to Kansas and the first race in the Contender Round.
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2014 NASCAR Power Rankings: Week 29
The Wife Hates Sports | Write-up by Kevin Paul | Rankings by Bill Schneider
Bill Schneider has pieced together a unique ratings system that differs from all the mainstream rankings. Along with the data he uses, Bill includes and incorporates recent finishes. He also ties in the big picture for the entire NASCAR season.
How is Harvick and Logano ahead of Gordon and Keselowski. Power is all about how you finish. That’s why they don’t make races 50 lap shootouts. It’s all about sustainability over 400 to 500 miles. Harvick can’t seem to finish what he starts. Power is also about the TEAM. His team continues to screw up on pit road to give him poor finishes. Running position means nothing to power if you can’t close the deal.