Jeff Gordon pulled into the NASCAR championship picture Sunday with a win at Martinsville Speedway, his first of the season.
It was Gordon's eighth win at Martinsville (Va.), but first since he swept the two races at the 0.526-mile short track in 2005. The victory moved Gordon from fifth to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title.
Matt Kenseth and Gordon's teammate Jimmie Johnson left Martinsville tied atop the standings with three races left. Gordon is 27 points behind, and Kevin Harvick is 28.
Kenseth led a race-high 202 laps and was out front on the final restart with 77 laps left and Gordon lurking in third.
Gordon stalked him for more than 50 laps, thinking to himself, "What would Jimmie Johnson do, or better yet, what would Richard Petty do?" before finally making the pass for the lead with 21 laps remaining.
Gordon didn't look back in snapping a 32-race losing streak dating to last year's season finale at Homestead.
"Matt drove a really first-class caliber race and I didn't know if we were going to get him, but it sure was awesome when we finally did," Gordon said.
Kenseth placed second at one of his worst tracks.
"I just got beat by honestly a better driver of this track," Kenseth said. "For how Martinsville has been for me, how could you not be pleased? The only guy happier is Jeff."
Clint Bowyer finished third, his best finish of the Chase, and moved two spots in the standings to sixth.
Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who is not part of the Chase, was fourth.
Johnson was fifth and braced for an epic fight for his sixth title.
"It's going to be a dogfight to the end," Johnson said.
Harvick was sixth, followed by pole-sitter Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray.
Biffle confronted Johnson on pit road after the race, accusing the five-time champion of running into him and tearing off his rear bumper.
"It takes a lot to get a rear bumper to come off," Biffle said.
Formula One: Pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel won the 60-lap Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi to join Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher with four consecutive F-1 titles.
"I'm way too young to understand what it means," said the 26-year-old Red Bull driver, who became the youngest four-time champion by eight years.
The German has won 10 races this season, including the last six. This time, he finished almost 30 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg at the 3.19-mile Buddh International Circuit.
NHRA: John Force clinched his record 16th Funny Car title, beating daughter Courtney in the final round of the Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.
Force, 64, has won three straight events and four overall this season to push his record career total to 138.
"If there is anything I've ever done right in my life, it's been a team effort," said Force, who had a final run of 4.062 seconds at 310.63 mph.