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Gordon wins NASCAR Aaron's 499

April 25, 2004 at 6:23 PM

TALLADEGA, Ala., April 25 (UPI) -- A yellow flag denied Dale Earnhardt Jr. a chance at another victory at Talladega as Jeff Gordon went home with a controversial triumph.

Brian Vickers spun in the third turn four laps from the finish and Gordon was just a few feet ahead of Earnhardt. With the field frozen, Gordon was ruled the leader and, with the final four laps run under caution, won Sunday's NASCAR Aaron's 499.

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With many of the 200,000 spectators cheering for Earnhardt, the decision to end the race was not popular.

On the cool-down lap, Tony Stewart and Terry Labonte were involved in a collision. Stewart attempted to track Labonte down with his car before NASCAR officials intervened.

Gordon's victory broke a streak of five victories by DEI cars at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt had won four straight with his teammate Michael Waltrip winning here last October.

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