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Jeff Gordon second at Richmond; maintains Sprint Cup lead

Series of late caution flags foils Jeff Gordon's plans to win Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond.
By Danielle Haynes   |   April 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM   |   Comments

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RICHMOND, Va., April 27 (UPI) -- Joey Logano may have won Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, but Jeff Gordon was able to hold on to the top spot in the Sprint Cup.

Gordon came in second place to Logano, but maintaining enough points to keep the lead Sprint Cup spot with five points over Matt Kenseth.

Kenseth placed fifth in Saturday's race.

A series of late yellow flags foiled Gordon's plans to win his first race of the year. The caution first came out with 33 laps to go with Jimmie Johnson had a tire issue. Denny Hamlin spun out with 25 laps to go with Gordon in fourth at that point.

With 16 laps left, J.J. Yeley had a blown engine.

Toward the end, Logano and Gordon battled it out for first.

“Joey was in the right place there,” Gordon said. “He had a good short run car and we were battling it out. And Matt was making his car really super-wide, which you’ve got to do to try to win, and we were just battling hard.

“It was a great battle,” Gordon added. “Overall, I’m very happy with the results of this race team and the effort. I’m having so much fun. The pit stops were amazing tonight, we are leading the points and it’s just a matter of time before this team wins.”

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