It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan International Speedway -- which came during the same season as his most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43-year-old driver end the other, as well?
"Certainly things are going well -- there's no doubt about that," Gordon said. "I'm as shocked as anybody else."
Gordon raced to his third Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at the two-mile oval since 2001.
Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup win at MIS.
Gordon also won for the 91st time on the Cup circuit, and the four-time NASCAR champion took over the lead in the standings by three points over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.
After a series of cautions, Gordon came off the final restart well and led with 16 laps remaining. He fought off a challenge from Joey Logano and maintained a comfortable margin over Harvick, winning the 400-mile race by 1.412 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Harvick was second, followed by Logano, Paul Menard and Earnhardt.
Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson was ninth, his first top-10 showing in six races.
"I think all of our teams are running well, but this is a big, big win," owner Rick Hendrick said. "It's great to see Jeff so happy. He's like a little kid again."
Jeff Burton was 37th after replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 14 car. Stewart skipped his second straight Cup race after he struck and killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race in upstate New York last weekend.
Hendrick and Stewart-Haas Racing are alliance teams. Hendrick said he hasn't talked to Stewart but has been in touch with Eddie Jarvis, Stewart's business manager. "They're making the best of the situation that they're in," Hendrick said.
IndyCar: Will Power maneuvered through the high-speed gridlock to win at the Milwaukee Mile. He raced to his third win this season and his first on an oval.
Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was second, while Tony Kanaan was third.
After coming into Milwaukee with a four-point lead, Power heads to the road course at Sonoma Raceway next weekend 39 points ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves with just two races to go. Castroneves finished 11th in the 250-lap race.
"We're a well-oiled machine right now with all three cars," Power said about the Penske team.
Ryan Hunter-Reay exited after 168 laps with mechanical problems, finishing 21st. He was third in the standings entering the race. His day began on a high note after signing a three-year extension with Andretti Autosport.
NHRA: Morgan Lucas won the Top Fuel title at Brainerd International Raceway (Minnesota) to close the rain-delayed Lucas Oil Nationals. Lucas was on and off the throttle as his engine erupted in flames when it crossed the finish line just in front of Doug Kalitta's dragster.