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Kmart 400 - Michigan International Speedway

-Qualifying
Jeff Gordon continued his hot streak Friday afternoon, after grabbing the pole for this weekend's Kmart 400 at Michigan Intl. Speedway. Gordon's lap of 188.250 mph earned him his third pole of the season, third at MIS, and 36th of his career.

Shawna Robinson the first female since 1989 to run in a Winston Cup race, and will start 31st.

Ricky Rudd, who went out 48th of 48 drivers will start 2nd after just barely missing the pole by .010 seconds. Mike Skinner, Dave Blaney, and Ricky Craven round out the top five.

-Race

After dominating the field for the second week in a row, the driver of the No. 24 flame-blue colored Chevrolet held on for a wild finish to claim victory in the Kmart 400.

Gordon took over the Winston Cup points lead when Dale Jarrett struggled to an 18th-place finish.


Gordon battles Rudd in the late stages.

After leading the most laps in Sunday's Kmart 400 at Michigan International Speedway, he had a late-race scare when he pitted and had to report back to pit road to tighten left-front lugnuts. He then chased down then leader Sterling Marlin and passed him on a lap 193 restart to take the lead.

Just after doing that, the caution flew for a multi-car wreck as Gordon raced Ricky Rudd to the start/finish line for second. With five laps left, the green dropped, and so did Gordon's foot.

Sterling Marlin took advantage of Gordon's pit road error with less than 30 laps to go. Although he led once prior on lap 93 of the 200-lap race, he was a top-10 runner for most of the day.

Rudd had to settle for second. Marlin was third, Jeremy Mayfield fourth and Ryan Newman fifth.

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