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Gordon grabs 1st win of season at Martinsville
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Jeff Gordon crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday. - photo by Associated Press
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon used an unprecedented chairman's selection to get into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship 48 hours before the opening race. Now Gordon is trying his hardest to parlay that exemption from NASCAR chairman Brian France into a fifth title. Gordon pulled into the championship picture Sunday with a win at Martinsville Speedway, his first of the season, to move from fifth to third in the Sprint Cup standings with three races remaining.