Jeff Gordon became the first man since Fred Lorenzen in 1964 to win both pole positions and both races at the Martinsville Speedway in a single season as he led home a Hendrick Motorsports 1-2 in Sunday's Subway 500.

Gordon gambled on staying on the track when the caution flag waved with 100 of the 500 laps remaining and benefited from a lengthy, fierce duel between Ryan Newman and Gordon's biggest rival Dale Earnhardt Jr, who had fresher tyres and arguably a faster car than the #24 DuPont Chevrolet.

While Earnhardt Jr and Newman battled away for fourth place, a battle eventually won by the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet, Gordon and Johnson escaped through traffic. Earnhardt Jr also managed to catch third placed Tony Stewart in what was a pulsating final stint but despite some very concerted last ditch efforts; he had to give best to the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion on this occasion.

Newman was still pleased to emerge from the 0.526-mile oval in relatively clean shape while Terry Labonte capitalised on a heartbreaking late puncture for veteran Ken Schrader to take sixth spot in another Hendrick Chevrolet.

Second place in points Kevin Harvick gained a small amount of ground on series leader Matt Kenseth, bringing the #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet home in seventh place while Kenseth took a more cautious route to 13th.

Kenseth now leads Harvick by an unofficial margin of 240 points with four races remaining

 

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