With a fifth Brickyard 400 victory on the line Sunday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago.
Gordon nailed the final restart of the race -- no given because restarts have been his Achilles' heel -- to pass Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps remaining at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
His power move from the outside lane put Gordon out front for good, and he kicked it into cruise control for a NASCAR Sprint Cup-record fifth victory at the 2.5-mile oval. The win came on the 20th anniversary celebration of Gordon's win in the inaugural Brickyard 400.
Gordon botched a restart earlier in the race, and the four-time NASCAR champion has struggled with restarts for some years. So when a late caution gave him one last shot at Kahne, who led a race-high 70 laps, Gordon and his No. 24 team knew the driver was in control of his own destiny.
"I'm not very good on restarts and wasn't very good today, and I finally made the restart of my life when it counted most," Gordon said. "I knew we had a great car, we just needed to get out front."
Gordon, 42, now has 90 victories, third on the career list behind Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105).
Kahne fell to fifth after the restart, then ran out of gas on the final lap and had to nurse his car home to a sixth-place finish. He said he erred in picking the inside line for the restart.
"I should have chosen the top (lane), obviously," Kahne said. "I pretty much let Jeff control that last restart."
Kyle Busch placed second, followed by Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.
Carl Edwards finished 15th just hours after Roush-Fenway Racing confirmed he was leaving the team at the end of the season. Edwards declined to discuss his future.
Formula One: Daniel Ricciardo overtook Fernando Alonso with three laps to go to win the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. Ricciardo made three pit stops -- compared with two for Alonso and third-place Lewis Hamilton -- and his newer set of tires paid off at the end over the 2.72-mile course.