Record night at Phoenix for Jeff Gordon

By Joe Dunn / joe@onpitroad.net
from the Crossville Chronicle – Crossville, Tn. April 24, 2007
Jeff Gordon recorded his 76th Nascar Nextel Cup win Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway to tie with Dale Earnhardt Sr on the all time win list. This was also Gordon’s first win at PIR and the first win from the pole at the track.
In a hard fought battle, Gordon managed to beat Tony Stewart to extend his overall points lead in the series. Denny Hamlin rebounded from a pit road speeding penalty that put him back to 31st place to finish third. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 5.
Tony Stewart led the most laps at 132 but it was not enough to deny Gordon. Surprise finishers included Jeff green in sixth, Bobby Labonte in eighth and Johnny Sauter in ninth.
Race Results for the Subway Fresh Fit 500
1 (24) Jeff Gordon
2 (20) Tony Stewart
3 (11) Denny Hamlin
4 (48) Jimmie Johnson
5 (17) Matt Kenseth
6 (66) Jeff Green
7 (5) Kyle Busch
8 (43) Bobby Labonte
9 (70) Johnny Sauter
10 (29) Kevin Harvick
11 (99) Carl Edwards
12 (01) Mark Martin
13 (31) Jeff Burton
14 (96) Tony Raines
15 (41) Reed Sorenson
16 (13) Joe Nemechek
17 (16) Greg Biffle
18 (2) Kurt Busch
19 (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr
20 (1) Martin Truex Jr.
21 (18) JJ Yeley
22 (07) Clint Bowyer
23 (26) Jamie McMurray
24 (7) Robbie Gordon
25 (15) Paul Menard
26 (88) Ricky Rudd
27 (14) Sterling Marlin
28 (21) Ken Schrader
29 (44) Dale Jarrett
30 (45) Kyle Petty
31 (9) Kasey Kahne
32 (00) David Reutimann
33 (42) Juan Pablo Montoya
34 (19) Elliott Sadler
35 (38) David Gilliland
36 (4) Ward Burton
37 (25) Casey Mears
38 (12) Ryan Newman
39 (22) Dave Blaney
40 (78) Kenny Wallace
41 (6) David Ragan
42 (10) Scott Riggs
43 (40) David Stremme