Jeff Gordon ran away from the field all day Sunday at Las Vegas. While just about everyone could predict that a caution would bunch the field up I don’t know how many would have wagered that the 24 car would take just two tires on it’s final pit-stop.
The result of course led to Jimmy Johnson and the number 48 car finding it’s way to victory lane.
Gordon led 219 of the 267 laps in the event but it was in the final laps that he found the Lowe’s Chevy of Jimmy Johnson getting smaller. Kevin Harvick later found his way around Gordon for second.
It was the second win in as many weeks for Johnson and the 49th of his career.
Johnson and Gordon were easily the class of the field but had Gordon of gotten four tires it’s likely the order would have been reversed.
Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth, who found himself off pit sequence for much of the day, rounded out the top 5 with Joey Logano showing an impressive run late to take sixth.
The series heads to Atlanta next week.