1998 Exide 400: Burton Halts Gordon's Hot Streak

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In September 1998, Jeff Burton (99) put the brakes on Jeff Gordon's summertime winning streak with a victory at Richmond International Raceway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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In 1998, Jeff Gordon had the hot hand heading into the fall race at Richmond International Raceway with seven wins in his last nine starts.

But it was another Jeff … Burton … who found his way to Victory Lane on Sept. 12, leading the final 40 laps of the Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400.

Burton – driving the Jack Roush-owned No. 99 Ford and carrying the colors of race sponsor Exide – started third.  After scrapping with pole sitter Rusty Wallace through the first quarter of the race, Burton took his first lead of the night and led 203 of the final 307 laps to notch his second win of the season.

Gordon came home in second place, a half-second behind.  Mark Martin, Ken Schrader and John Andretti completed the top five.  Wallace placed seventh.  Kenny Irwin was the highest-finishing rookie, in 10th place.

The race featured 24 lead changes among 11 drivers.  There were eight cautions for 66 laps.

Burton went on to finish fifth in the Cup Series standings that season, in which Gordon won 13 races and easily outdistanced Martin for his third championship.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the three-quarter-mile Richmond Fairgrounds oval this week for Saturday night’s annual fall event – known today as the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1998 Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 from Richmond International Raceway, anchored by Barney Hall and Allen Bestwick.  Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race each week on "Throwback Thursday" only at MRN.com.

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