Jeff Gordon had another mediocre NASCAR season in 2012. However, JG ended it with a bang by grabbing the checked flag in the last race of the season. Gordon’s win at Homestead-Miami was not only his first victory at the track, but it was also the first win for Hendrick Motorsports in Miami.
Gordon finished last year 10th in points and only managed to win two races all year long. It was another disappointing season from the #24 car and yet another miserable fantasy NASCAR season.
Gordon won an unbelievable 33 races from 1996-1998. He won a NASCAR title in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001. He also won the Dayton 500 three different times. Fantasy NASCAR fans constantly pick him high in drafts, but he has simply looked like a different driver in recent years.
Gordon got a flat tire in two races in a row at Darlington. Although Gordon once dominated the Daytona 500, he embarrassingly finished in 40th place in 2012. Gordon was even fined $100,000 for a post race altercation with Clint Bowyer after the two traded paint.
However, the Phoenix issue with Bowyer seemed to motivate Gordon towards the end of the year. It was nice to finally see Gordon want something again, as he tended to disappear in recent seasons, but the incident with Bowyer shows that JG is finally ready to win some races again.
In his last 22 races Gordon finally turned things around. He finished outside the top-10 only eight times, and cracked the top-three in eight races. Gordon looked like he was driving angry over the last couple months and it is very promising to see heading into the 2013 season.
Gordon seems more dedicated than he has been in recent seasons, so expect the Rainbow Warrior to return to glory this season. He will once again be an elite fantasy option in 2013 and should be drafted accordingly.