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Gordon wins his fifth Brickyard

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Jeff Gordon became part of a two-man club this past weekend: The NASCAR driver joined Michael Schumacher (F1) as a five-time winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Gordon — who won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, 20 years ago — passed Kasey Kahne with 17 laps left on Sunday to take checkered. Kahne, who ran out of fuel on the white-flag lap, pulled sixth place.

Jeff Gordon and the Hendrick Motorsports Axalta Chevrolet SS Team discuss car setup in the garage area before qualifications. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography
  • Jeff Gordon and the Hendrick Motorsports Axalta Chevrolet SS Team discuss car setup in the garage area before qualifications.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars head down the straightaway for the start of the 2014 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars head down the straightaway for the start of the 2014 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard.

Gordon, who spent years in Pittsboro, Ind., as a kid, was just 23 years old when he won the first NASCAR race in Indy. Twenty years later, crowds for the race have diminished — estimates run from 65,000 to 90,000 in attendance at IMS for the Brickyard. (The track doesn't release attendance figures.)

No. 24 can afford new tires. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography
  • No. 24 can afford new tires.

In addition to around half-a-million bucks, Gordon also picked up a lovely little purple pillow to kneel on when he kissed the bricks. Thanks, Crown Royal! - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography
  • In addition to around half-a-million bucks, Gordon also picked up a lovely little purple pillow to kneel on when he kissed the bricks. Thanks, Crown Royal!

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