JEFF GORDON/#24 Dupont won his fifth Infineon Raceway road course race Sunday for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge/Save Mart 250 Race in front of a crowd estimated to be approximately 100,000. He led twice for a total of 44 laps. The victory, his seventy-fourth, moved the Rainbow Warrior back into The Chase at Position Eight. This makes nine road course victories for Gordon, the most of any driver. He has led laps in seven Infineon races.

Gordon said "Man, I didn't know if we were ever going to win another one of these races. I'm speechless. What an amazing moment this is, a very special weekend for me and this race team to get back to Victory Lane." And he was even proud of his burnout, perhaps his best-ever.

Gordon let it slip after the race that he got engaged Saturday. It was done in a nontraditional way, and they (he and fiancee INGRID VANDEBOSCH of Belgium) have been 'holding onto it' for a month or so. He wanted to let his family know before it was more widely announced at his family Croquet gathering.

RYAN NEWMAN/#12 Alltel Dodge finished 1.250 seconds behind Gordon, after passing TERRY LABONTE/#96 DLP@HDNET Chevrolet in Turn 12 with two laps to go.

After the race Newman was eager to get to the Medical Center to treat the cramps he had in his left posterior. It started half way through the race and he tried to raise himself during every caution. Although a Dodge has never won at Infineon, he said "This was a big day for us, a good run. We had a smooth race, great pit stops and great strategy."

Terry Labonte got "very good gas mileage," gambled on his pit stops, and worked on saving gas. Despite being passed, "It was still a good run for us." He didn't realise that he has run 56 of the 100 NASCAR Road course races. He did say this would probably be his last year of racing. "It's time to retire, when some of the guys in the Drivers' Meeting are younger than my kids."

GREG BIFFLE/#16 National Guard Ford finished fourth and KURT BUSCH/#2 Miller Lite Dodge was fifth.

The first lap was marred by a multi-car accident in Turn Two, bringing out the red flag for 12+ minutes. Three drivers failed to continue after all the dust settled, but no one was injured.

CLINT BOWYER/#07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet; JAMIE McMURRAY/#26 Crown Royal Ford; and CASEY MEARS/#42 Chevron/Texaco Dodge were involved and continued.

STERLING MARLIN/#14 Waste Management Chevrolet, KEN SCHRADER/#21 Little Debbie Ford, and TOM HUBERT/#27 Ford were towed back to their haulers for an unexpected early end to their race day.

The second red flag was with six laps to go - in the same corner, after a restart. It too lasted 12 minutes. This time it was a five-car pileup. No one was injured. JOE NEMECHEK/#01 U.S. Army Chevrolet and Rookie REED SORENSON/#41 Target Dodge continued. Rookie J.J. YELEY/#18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet, DALE JARRETT/#88 UPS Ford, and BOBBY LABONTE/#43 Cheerios Dodge were towed.

Drivers were given bottles of ice water to help with the heat during the second Red Flag, as they sat in their cars on the front straight with no air or ventilation. Ice was taken to Newman, who was suffering from dehydration. TONY STEWART/#20 Home Depot Chevrolet kept his engine running as it smoked. Gordon joked later that he had to wait the longest because the water came from the back to the front.

DENNY HAMLIN/#11 FedEx Chevrolet was the top Rookie in eleventh place.

The top finishing Road Racing Ringer was BORIS SAID/#60 Sobe-No Fear Ford. He finished ninth, but was disappointed in not placing higher. He started fifth and led one lap. Despite his finish, he ran well. "I guess for being in business seven weeks we should be happy with a ninth-place finish, but we had a top-three car today. For Sobe-No Fear, its first time out in NASCAR, all of those regular teams week in and week out would be happy with a top 10, so I'm not gonna cry about ninth-place our first time out. I had a great time. That was kind of my goal to be top five."

SCOTT PRUETT/#40 Coors Light Dodge finished thirtieth, on the lead lap. P.J. JONES/#4 AERO Chevrolet ran well at the beginning but suffered rear end problems near the end and finished thirty-sixth, nine laps down. RON FELLOWS/#32 Tide Chevrolet was running at the end, but he broke a suspension piece, and stalled at Pit Entrance while trying to limp home. It took ten laps to repair. He ran 100 laps, finishing thirty-seventh. Hubert was caught out on the first lap.

There were nine lead changes among eight drivers. Thirty-one drivers finished on the lead lap, and 34 of the 43 drivers finished the race. Two drivers retired for Mechanical problems and the other DNF's were due to one of the two red flag accidents.

Seven cautions totaled 12 laps. There were also two Red Flags for 24 minutes. Time of race was 2 hrs, 57 mins, 36 secs.

NASCAR has reached the century mark in road racing. Sunday's Cup race marked the one-hundredth road race. The first one was run in 1959 and had a field which included foreign cars. That was the only road race - so far - which has been won by a foreign manufacturer.

Said had more to say later about his race. "I felt like the movie Breaking Away, when the Italians were his heroes and he finally raced a bicycle race with them and they ended up sticking a stick in his spokes and wrecking him. I idolize Tony Stewart. I think he's the greatest race car driver in the world right now. At the beginning of the race he was faster than me and I let him by. Then all of a sudden he was slower and I went by him, and then he runs into me and runs me off the track. I'm like, "OK, that's one thing.' And then I go back by him and he crashes into me. I still wasn't mad at him, but when he was flipping me off I was really mad, so I'll be talking to him Monday morning. I don't think he thought I was number one at that point. We'll talk and it'll be fine. It's an emotional sport."

In other news, BRIAN VICKERS/#25 GMAC Chevrolet announced Sunday night that he's signing with Red Bull Toyota starting next season.

The next NASCAR Nextel Cup race will be the Fourth of July holiday Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.