Jeff Gordon hits significant milestone at Pocono: has led over 24,000 laps in Cup career

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As if he wasn’t there already by virtue of his four Sprint Cup championships and 90 career wins, Jeff Gordon moved into some very lofty company in Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

On the eve of his 43rd birthday (Monday, Aug. 4), Gordon passed a rather significant milestone of leading 24,000 laps in his 22-season Sprint Cup career.

Gordon is now only the sixth driver in the 65-year history of NASCAR’s premier racing series to hit 24,000 laps led, and the first one to achieve that milestone since the late Dale Earnhardt hit 24,000 in 1996.

Richard Petty leads all drivers with 51,380 laps led, followed by Cale Yarborough (31,556), Bobby Allison (27,551), Earnhardt (25,684) and David Pearson (25,294).

By comparison, Jimmie Johnson, who has won six of the last eight Sprint Cup championships, has led only 16,849 laps in his career.

Leaving Pocono, Gordon has now led 24,012 laps in his career. For those of you doing the math, he now needs 1,283 more laps to pass Pearson for fifth on the all-time laps led list.

What’s more, Gordon is just three laps away from equaling the number of laps he led in 2013 (434 laps), 137 away from his total of 568 in 2012 and 491 laps away from his total of 922 in 2011.

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Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)