Jeff Gordon says he feels 25 again. That’s understandable considering he is driving like he did at the peak of his career. And Saturday night’s race at the first ever night race was a bit of a throwback, since Gordon won the first race at the Kansas Speedway when he was 29.
“It feels awesome,” said Gordon. “It just feels so good to get that first win of the season, especially this year with the points structure and how close we've been so many weekends. I think that, while that's a huge relief off our shoulder, it's probably going to just make us that much hungrier to go get that next one.”
Gordon has led the points for a big chuck of the season. But this win all but assures him a spot in the Chase for the Championship. The win also comes close to the anniversary of his first win some 20 years ago. Saturday was win number 89, and puts him 16 shy of second all-time on the win list.
“I think we can get to 89 because we did it tonight, and the next one on the list is 90,” said Gordon. “All I can tell you is the kind of race cars and race team that I have this year tells me that we can get more wins. And if we can keep running like this, and I want to keep driving and keep winning.”
The track was fast, as expected and it provided some spectacular crashes including a frightening one for David Gilliland and Justin Allgaier.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer also had a less dramatic incident early in the race and ended the night three laps down. He declined comment to Eyewitness Sports after the race.