Driver cruises to victory at Dover Downs International Speedway

Gordon easily goes Platinum

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

DOVER, Del. -- Jeff Gordon re-established himself as a force at Dover Downs International Speedway and stopped Tony Stewart's bid for three straight wins on the track with an easy victory Sunday in the MBNA Platinum 400.

''This is the best car I've ever had here,'' Gordon said. ''We could stay out in front even after the tires went away.''

It was the second victory this season and the 54th overall for the three-time Winston Cup champion, tying him with Rusty Wallace for eighth-best in NASCAR history. It also was the fourth win for Gordon on one of NASCAR's most difficult tracks.

That ties him with Bill Elliott and Ricky Rudd as the most by an active driver at The Monster Mile, where Bobby Allison and Richard Petty won seven times each. Stewart -- trying to join Gordon, David Pearson and Wallace with three straight Dover victories -- finished seventh.

Gordon won here for the first time since sweeping the races in 1996. He began his run of three straight Dover victories in September 1995. Stewart won both races last year.

Miller Lite 225

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Pole-sitter Kenny Brack won his second straight race, taking the Miller Lite 225 after surviving a scare on the first turn when he and Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves made contact.

Brack bested five-time winner Michael Andretti by 1.037 seconds in his Ford/Lola. Scott Dixon was third, 3.001 seconds back.

Andretti was runner-up for the fourth time at the event.

Brack, last year's top CART rookie, took his first checkered flag in the cockpit of a Champ car two weeks ago in Japan, when he shook off Castroneves to win the Firestone Firehawk 500.

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