Gordon Inching Closer to Mile-Stone Victory

July 14, 2011 No Comments

Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber

It’s extremely difficult for a driver to be on the verge of greatness, but Jeff Gordon is. Gordon, who is currently sitting with 84 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories, is only one away from being alone in third on the all time wins list behind David Pearson and Richard Petty.

Gordon has every reason to be optimistic at New Hampshire, the place where he could achieve this mile-stone, he already has three wins here just one behind the all time wins leader at New Hampshire Jeff Burton. The wins at New Hampshire aren’t the only thing that is keeping Gordon happy at this “Martinsville” style track, he has been very consistent over the last three years. Not only did Gordon finish in the top-10 both New Hampshire races last year, he also has finished in the top-10 three out of the last four races at NHMS.

When Hendrick Motorsports announced the “big” crew chief swap over last off -season, many wouldn’t have imagined Alan Gustafson would attempt to bring Gordon back under the spotlight. The No. 24 bunch already has scored two wins, six top-5’s, and one pole. Looking back at previous seasons, Gordon has already racked up the same amount of wins he has had over the last three seasons. So, what is different about Gordon?

I’m not much for speculating, but there is something about Gordon this year that I have not seen in previous seasons. Rick Hendrick knows what he has in Gordon this year and it could bring six straight championships to the organization.

When asked what Gordon thought about being in contention on winning this season’s Cup, “The best team wins this championship. I think that means that you go out and you outperform your competitors week in and week out- whether that means capitalizing on their misfortunes or mistakes or whatever it may be, or just going out there and outperforming them.”

Gordon is focused on the championship, as he currently sits seventh in the standings, but he also wants that sweet looking 85 that would set him apart from over 99% of all NASCAR drivers.

If you are into fantasy racing, Gordon is probably a safe bet. When a driver has more to “fight for”, there is more incentive to pick that particular one.

So the records Gordon is attempting to tie or break this week: Possibly tie the all time wins list at New Hampshire (tying Jeff Burton with four career wins at the track), and 85 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins (Set him alone in third just behind Pearson and Petty).

There is no doubt that Gordon is NASCAR’s past, present, and future all into one, something you don’t find in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. So, what say you? Think he will achieve this mile-stone this week? Only time will tell!


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