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Robby Gordon finally gets road course win

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Sonoma, CA (Sports Network) - After several painfully close failures in NASCAR road course events, finally found his way to Victory Lane, holding off to capture the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway. The victory was 's first of the season and second of his Winston Cup career. His other victory was in the fall of 2001 at Loudon, NH where he and also battled until Robby knocked Jeff's Chevrolet up the track and went on to win. "To win here means a lot," said . We've let this race slip away before. We stuck to our plan and it worked well all day. Everyone on the team did an awesome job." had come close on road courses on two other occasions. In 2001 at Sonoma, he got caught up with backmarker (who was a lap down) and allowed to sneak past him and win the event. Later that same year, he was leading at Watkins Glen when a freak electrical fire caused by an in-car television camera cost him a shot at victory. The Cerritos, CA native was never far from the lead at any time during today's race and led a race-high 81 of 110 laps. He was running second to on lap 81 when he took over the lead for good. Over the final 19 laps he and battled bumper to bumper. This time, Robby made no mistakes and held off the seven-time road course champion for his second career win. The No.31 Richard Childress Racing driver had a 0.553- second edge as they came to the checkered flag. "I was pacing myself off of Jeff, I just didn't want him to be able to get close enough down there in (turn) 11 to turn me, because I remember what happened at Loudon and he owes me one." "There were a couple of times where I could have made some moves on him, but as aggressive as Robby is, you want to be careful when you are going for the championship," said . "On this race track its really hard to pass and Robby was good in the few areas where you can try," Gordon added. "My hats off to the Richard Childress team, they did what they needed to do. They had the track position. Robby drove the wheels off the car." 's teammate , and completed the top-five. 's second-place finish helped the four-time Winston Cup champion move to second in the championship, 174 points behind leader (2,396-2,222) who finished 14th. . (2,220), dropped to third place. (2,136) and (2,024) complete the top- five. The next race in the Winston Cup championship, the Pepsi 400 from the Daytona International Speedway, is scheduled for Saturday night, July 5th.

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