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USG Sheetrock 400 - Chicagoland Speedway

Gordon Spins Kenseth to Win First at Chicagoland
Jeff Gordon won the USG Sheetrock 400 this afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway, scoring his 75th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 455th career start. The win did not come without controversy, as Gordon spun leader Matt Kenseth with four laps remaining to take the checkered flag, while Kenseth ended up with a finish of 22nd. As the race ended, fans tossed debris on the track to show their displeasure with Gordon’s antics. The aggressive Gordon showed no remorse, saying that Kenseth should have anticipated the bump from behind. “Matt needs to take into consideration how hungry we are right now. We are out of the Chase, he's solidly in the Chase, and we haven't won here,” Gordon said. “Today as far as I'm concerned, I mean, I was definitely being aggressive, and when it came down with five to go, he should have expected if I could get to his bumper, there was going to be some action. One, because of what happened in Bristol - I'm not saying I was going to wreck him, but you'd better believe I was going to make life difficult on him. And number two, it's because we're hungry. We need to win, we need momentum and we need to get that in that Chase.” The win is Gordon’s first career trip to victory lane at the Chicago track and it is also his first victory on a 1.5-mile track since he won at Atlanta in October of 2003. Gordon has now posted victories at all but three of the current NEXTEL Cup tracks - Homestead, Phoenix and Texas. The second win of the season for Gordon leaves him seventh on NASCAR’s all-time winners list but he is now just one victory behind sixth-place Dale Earnhardt. Gordon led the race four times for 20 laps, while Kenseth led the most laps on the day, pacing the field for a total of 60 laps. It was the second year in a row that Kenseth led the most laps at Chicagoland, only to fall short at the end. Pole sitter Jeff Burton finished in the second position, 0.461 seconds behind Gordon, scoring his 12th straight top-15 finish, extending a streak that began at Texas in April. Kyle Busch came home in the third position, while two-time Chicagoland winner Kevin Harvick finished fourth. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson finished fifth and six respectively, giving Chevrolet a sweep of the top-six positions in the finishing order.

USG Sheetrock 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· WIX Lap Leader Notes
· Final Practice
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 2
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Todd Kluever Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Terry Labonte Notes

Burton Nails Down Second Pole of 2007
Jeff Burton is not normally known as one of NASCAR’s premier qualifiers. Yet he joined only three other drivers as repeat Bud Pole winners this season, as he won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Burton added his name to the list along with Kasey Kahne (four), Greg Biffle (two) and Kurt Busch (two) as the only multiple pole winners this season. Burton posted a qualifying lap in 29.728 seconds, at an average speed of 181.647 mph, to give him only his fourth career Bud Pole in 421 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. This is the first year that Burton has had more than one Bud Pole in a season in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. This is Burton’s first pole and second top-10 start in six races at Chicagoland Speedway. Burton became the sixth different pole winner in six races at Chicagoland Speedway, joining Todd Bodine (2001), Ryan Newman (2002), Tony Stewart (2003), Jeff Gordon (2004) and Jimmie Johnson (2005). This is the fifth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006 while Dodge has eight and Ford has four. Brian Vickers posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.782 seconds, at an average of 181.318 mph – and will join Burton on the front row for Sunday’s race. Vickers has posted three top-five starts in three races at Chicago. Kasey Kahne qualified in the third spot, posting his second top-five start in three races at Chicago and his 11th top-10 start in 2006. Two-time Chicagoland winner Kevin Harvick will start fourth. He has started from the top-10 in three of his six races at Chicago. Points leader Jimmie Johnson rounds out the top-five starting position, posting his fourth top-10 start in five races at Chicago and his 12th top-10 start of 2006.


 

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