MRN Flashback: 1998 CMT 300
By: MRN Staff on September 18, 2013 | 3:51 P.M. EST
In 1998, Jeff Gordon warmed up right along with the summer temperatures, sizzling through a stretch of seven wins in nine races that helped secure his third Cup Series championship. (Photo: ISC Archives)
In 1998, Jeff Gordon warmed up right along with the summer temperatures, sizzling through a stretch of seven wins in nine races that helped secure his third Cup Series championship.
Gordon’s hot streak began in late June in Sonoma, Calif., and stretched through Labor Day Weekend at Darlington Raceway. One of those seven wins came on Aug. 30 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Gordon started from the pole in the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet and led the final 67 laps, beating runner-up Mark Martin to the checkered flag by .664 seconds. John Andretti, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton completed the top five.
Martin led a race-high 193 laps from his No. 5 starting spot. Kenny Irwin was the highest-placed rookie, finishing 11th in the 43-car field. The race featured 11 lead changes among nine drivers, with just four cautions for 25 laps.
Gordon claimed a series-best 13 wins that season and routed second-place Martin by more than 350 points in the final championship standings.
His victory at New Hampshire in August 1998 was one of three wins Gordon has posted on “The Magic Mile.” He goes for No. 4 this weekend when the series returns to Loudon for the SYLVANIA 300, the second round of the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1998 Farm Aid on CMT 300 from Loudon, N.H., anchored by Barney Hall and Allen Bestwick. Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race broadcast each week on "Throwback Thursday" throughout the 2013 season at MRN.com.