Gordon leads laps, scores first top-ten of 2016
By Dominic Aragon
October 3, 2016 Jeff Gordon led laps and finished inside the top-ten in a Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway Sunday, the first time he’s done both in 2016.
Starting 16th, the four-time Sprint Cup champion started his eighth race of the season behind-the-wheel of the No. 88 in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr. The interim driver led laps during the final cycle of green flag pit stops, obtaining the lead on lap 367 before pitting from the lead on lap 373. After 400 laps, Gordon led seven total circuits en route to a tenth place finish, one lap down. He was the highest finishing non-Chase driver. Sunday’s race marked the second time in three races the No. 88 has finished inside the top-ten. Alex Bowman finished tenth at Chicagoland Speedway three races ago. Among the laps led, Gordon’s tenth place outing at Dover was the first time since a sixth place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November of 2015 the driver finished among the top-ten and led at least one lap in a race. In total, Jeff Gordon has now finished inside the top-ten 476 times in his Sprint Cup career and has led at least one lap in 487 races. Gordon is expected to compete one more time this season in the No. 88. He will race in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 October 30 at Martinsville Speedway. A nine-time winner at the track, Gordon will enter the race as the defending winner of the Fall Martinsville event.