Jeff Gordon found the right combination again Sunday, overpowering the field in winning the Purolator 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The precocious 23-year-old checked out early in the 328-lap, 500-mile race and was in charge virtually from the time he took the lead for the first time on lap 63. He stayed in front for 250 of the last 266 trips around the 1.522-mile oval.
There were only three other cars on the lead lap when Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet took the checkered flag .19-seconds ahead of the Chevy of Bobby Labonte.
Terry Labonte, who won a week earlier at Richmond, finished third, followed by Winston Cup points leader Dale Earnhardt.
The race was another parade for the new Chevrolet Monte Carlos. That model was introduced in the season-opening Daytona 500 to replace the Luminas that had been campaigned by the Chevy teams from mid-1989 to the end of the 1994 season.
Monte Carlo, now 4-for-4, swept the first four places Sunday in the strongest showing yet for the sleek new model. The top finishing Ford was driven by Dale Jarrett, who finished fifth.
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