Auto racing: Gordon hopes for happy 42nd birthday at Pocono

2013-08-04T00:00:00Z Auto racing: Gordon hopes for happy 42nd birthday at PoconoThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon made his last win at Pocono a family affair.

It was a win to savor. His 86th career victory was the first time his wife and his two young children joined him in a Victory Lane celebration.

But his Pocono run also thrust Gordon into wild card contention for the Chase, and he finished 10th in the final standings.

Fast forward a season. Gordon enters Pocono still looking for his first win of this season and hoping to hold on to his precarious 10th-place spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings.

And, he again can make it another win to remember. Once the dominant "Rainbow Warrior," Gordon turns 42 today, long removed from the era when he was always the driver to beat at any track.

But the birthday boy still knows how to drive - and he hasn't forgotten how to win. What he's still chasing is that elusive fifth Cup championship, 11 years after he celebrated his last one.

It's what drives him as he's changed from the driver who shot NASCAR into the mainstream and made it must-see TV into the sport's elder statesman.

Gordon would love another championship push in the No. 24 - as long as he can stay in the field.

Keselowski wins Nationwide at Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa - Brad Keselowski took control with 35 laps left to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.

The Sprint Cup driver has won in his last three Nationwide starts, also topping the field at Richmond in April and Kentucky in June.

Points leader Austin Dillon led a race-high 116 laps, but gave up a huge lead following a late caution. Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup driver in the field, took control a few laps later for his second Nationwide win at Iowa.

Blaney win Truck

Series at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Ryan Blaney pulled away on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish to win the Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Blaney had the truck to beat Saturday off the final restart and won his second career Truck race.

Pole-sitter Miguel Paludo was second and German Quiroga Jr. was third.

Hunter-Reay earns the pole for Indy 200

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay knows it's time to make inroads on points leader Helio Castroneves.

Hunter-Reay put himself in perfect position to do it this weekend at Mid-Ohio. Hunter-Reay captured the pole for today's Indy 200, turning the second-fastest lap in track history to edge Will Power for the top spot. It will be the third time this season and the fourth time in his career that Hunter-Reay will start from the front.

Scott Dixon, who has won three straight races to move into second in the points race, will start third. Marco Andretti qualified fourth followed by Charlie Kimball .

Pit stops

• Fifteen-year-old Cole Custer became the youngest winner in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history Friday night with a victory at Iowa Speedway.

Today

NASCAR Sprint Cup

• What: GoBowling.com 400

• When: 10 a.m.

• TV: ESPN

IRL

• What: Indy 200

• When: Noon

• TV: Channel 4

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