LLI BLAST FROM THE PAST - GORDON VS. WALLACE: Jeff Gordon started the 2002 Sharpie 500 from the pole position and settled into the top three early. Then after taking the lead on lap 131, the No. 24 Chevrolet went on a tear leading the next 232 laps. However, after being called to pit road for the final time by crew chief Robbie Loomis, Gordon found himself behind nine-time Bristol winner, #RustyWallace.
With every lap that ticked off the board, the gap between the two Cup Series champions consistently got slimmer and slimmer. With a fast car and a little help from lapped traffic, the No. 24 Chevrolet was all over the back bumper of the No. 2 Ford with five laps remaining. Catching one of the greats at "The Last Great Colosseum" is one thing, but passing him is another.
With the crowd on their feet, Gordon utilized the "bump-and-run" maneuver to perfection. Wallace slipped up the track allowing Gordon to swoop on by for the lead and the victory.
It was #JeffGordon's
59th career victory in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, his fifth triumph at Bristol, and it also broke a 31-race winless streak dating back to Kansas 2001.
As for car owner #RickHendrick,
it was his seventh victory as a team owner at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
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