Throwback Thursday: Jeff Gordon wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Photo By: Russell LaBounty / NKP

By: Sarah Handy, Staff Writer 

Note: In light of recent events and the slow NASCAR news that will follow for quite some time I’ve decided to temporarily bring back the Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday features I regularly posted in 2019.

Ford EcoBoost 400

November 18, 2012 marked the first time a Hendrick Motorsports driver won at South Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway as Jeff Gordon brought his No. 24 Chevrolet to victory lane.

Gordon rolled off the starting grid 15th out of 43 cars at the 1.5-mile track for the 2012 season finale.

He meticulously worked his way through the field and by Lap-25 he cracked the Top-10 running order. After an early pit stop consisting of four tires and fuel, he continued to run in the seventh position.

Mid-Race

Nonetheless, Gordon worked his way into sixth on the scoring pylon on Lap-88 of 267. Not even 20 laps later he was running third with his sights set on the front two runners.

Furthermore, with pit stops underway the No. 24 opted to take four tires while much of the competition on the lead lap opted only for two tires.

Four tires prevailed over two as Gordon was able to work his way from his 11th starting spot on the restart back into the top-five in no time.

The Finish

Gordon moved into the lead with only 10 laps remaining in the event and was able to ultimately hold off second place Clint Bowyer and third-place finisher Ryan Newman for Hendrick Motorsports first win at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Race Statistics For Gordon

The four-time Winston Cup Series Champion entered the final race of the 2012 season with 23,133 laps led in his career. He only trailed Darrell Waltrip (23,134) by one lone lap. Gordon went on to lead a mere 14 laps that day on the 1.5-mile oval track and found himself finishing the season 10th in the driver points standings.

Career Update

During 2012, Gordon saw wins at Pocono Raceway and then the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He also had 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes.

Nevertheless, Gordon announced a few years later in 2015 that it would be his last full-time season.

Even so, he found victory lane at Martinsville and earned five top-five, and 21 top-10 finishes in his final full-time season.

He did return in 2016, running eight races for a sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the No. 88 for Hendrick Motorsports, earning two top-10 finishes in that time span.

In a Cup career spanning 25 years, Gordon amassed 93 wins in 805 starts, 325 top-five, 477 top-10 finishes and 81 pole awards.

Gordon is currently an announcer for Fox NASCAR and still remains very active within the Hendrick Motorsports organization.

He remains a co-owner with Rick Hendrick of the No. 48 Chevrolet driven by seven-time NASCAR Champion, Jimmie Johnson.

2018 saw Gordon inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and also in 2019 he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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