Gordon wins his fifth Brickyard 

Jeff Gordon became part of a two-man club this past weekend: The NASCAR driver joined Michael Schumacher (F1) as a five-time winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Gordon — who won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, 20 years ago — passed Kasey Kahne with 17 laps left on Sunday to take checkered. Kahne, who ran out of fuel on the white-flag lap, pulled sixth place.

click to enlarge Jeff Gordon and the Hendrick Motorsports Axalta Chevrolet SS Team discuss car setup in the garage area before qualifications. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Jeff Gordon and the Hendrick Motorsports Axalta Chevrolet SS Team discuss car setup in the garage area before qualifications.
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography

click to enlarge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars head down the straightaway for the start of the 2014 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars head down the straightaway for the start of the 2014 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard.
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography

Gordon, who spent years in Pittsboro, Ind., as a kid, was just 23 years old when he won the first NASCAR race in Indy. Twenty years later, crowds for the race have diminished — estimates run from 65,000 to 90,000 in attendance at IMS for the Brickyard. (The track doesn't release attendance figures.)

click to enlarge No. 24 can afford new tires. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • No. 24 can afford new tires.
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography

click to enlarge In addition to around half-a-million bucks, Gordon also picked up a lovely little purple pillow to kneel on when he kissed the bricks. Thanks, Crown Royal! - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • In addition to around half-a-million bucks, Gordon also picked up a lovely little purple pillow to kneel on when he kissed the bricks. Thanks, Crown Royal!
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography

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