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Protection One 400 - Kansas Speedway

-Race Report
By: Kelly Morris

Jeff Gordon started second in the Protection One 400 at the new Kansas Speedway next to pole sitter Jason Leffler. As soon as the race started, the action got hot and heavy. In the first turn of the first lap there was a multi car accident involving Casey Atwood, Ricky Craven and John Andretti. Jeff escaped this wreck and this would be the one of many that he would dodge throughout the day.

Gordon had a solid top five car all day and challanged for the lead early and often. All throughout the race the team made many adjustments to the Dupont Chevy making it like the tornado that swept through Kansas in the Wizard of Oz. With 38 laps to go, the leader Rusty Wallace lead all the lead lap cars down pit road for the final stop of the day. Wallace got out first but was caught speeding which gave the lead to Ricky Rudd. On the restart Gordon charged from third to first passing Rudd and Mark Martin and went on to win the race!!!


Gordon has won 3 inaugural events.

This was Gordon's sixth win of the 2001 season and is his 58th career win. This win was special not only to Gordon but to a young man named Matt Dahl, the son of the pilot of flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. One of his dreams was to meet Gordon and that dream came true this weekend in Kansas. Gordon also extended his points lead to 222 over Ricky Rudd. Overall it was a spectacular weekend for Jeff Gordon and company at the brand new Kansas Speedway. Next week the head home to Charlotte for the 500 mile race at Lowes Motor Speedway.

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