Don’t look now, but Jeff Gordon’s ‘Drive for Five’ appears to be alive and well. The four time champion won his third race of the 2014 season on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway and retook the points lead and the top spot on the Chase for the Championship grid.
“The car was amazing, but whoever got out front had such a huge advantage,” said Gordon. “I got a good restart. Kevin (Harvick) for some reason wasn't getting good restarts, so Joey (Logano) was sort of out there by himself and I was able to get to his quarter (panel), and when I got to his quarter I drug him back and I was able to shoot to the bottom and get by."
Logano looked primed to take the checkered flag after leading a race high 86 laps. But on the final restart of the day with 17 laps to go, Gordon was able to get around the 22 car and pull away for the victory.
“I drove off into there, tried to get it a little free, which I did, got underneath him,” said Logano. “He was able to pull me back. After that, Kevin had a really good run on the top. Then I was just trying to hang on. When a car gets on your doors, you're just swatting flies inside the car. Lost more momentum. Lost a position to Paul, then was able to get it back. They were gone by then.”
Logano would settle for a third place finish. Kevin Harvick finished second for the fourth straight Michigan race, with Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounding out the top five.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer battled from a poor starting position to pick up his eighth straight top 10 finish at Michigan, the 15 came home sixth. Though he moved up one spot on the Chase Grid to 15th, Bowyer is not satisfied.
"We clearly got a lot of work to do. It's unfortunate -- we're behind, there's no question,” said Bowyer. “We just did what we needed to do today. Everybody works as a team all weekend long. It was a long, hard-fought battle. “