The 42-year-old Gordon held off a hard-charging
Gordon won for the first time since October at
Kasey Kahne was third, followed by
Danica Patrick was seventh for her best career Cup finish.
Gordon built his points lead on the strength of four top-fives and seven top-10s in the first 10 races — including second-place finishes at Texas and Richmond — but he knew how much one win would ease pressure of the No. 24
"This is so sweet," he said. "What a huge weight lifted off this team's shoulders. We needed to get to Victory Lane."
After the start of the race was delayed 35 minutes by rain, the first Sprint Cup night race at Kansas soon left drivers in the dark after the lights went out on the backstretch. NASCAR polled drivers if they wanted to continue and they were good to go, with
Pagenaud wins Indianapolis GP
Simon Pagenaud won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis by stretching his fuel to the finish on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Frenchman was one of several drivers to gamble on fuel strategy, and he made it stick for the final 29 laps to earn his third career IndyCar victory. He took the lead when
Ryan Hunter-Reay was second and Helio Castroneves third on his 39th birthday.