If you are a Jeff Gordon fan like I am, watching the end of the race this past Sunday at Pocono was gut-wrenching. A second place finish probably never felt worse for Gordon fans in a long time, especially for Gordon himself.
I had no doubts that Gordon would race well at the track as he has posted two wins there over the past three seasons. It seems like even though Gordon hasn’t won as much in recent years compared to his early years, Pocono has always been somewhat of a safe-haven for Gordon. No matter how good or how bad he races during the season, he is a lock to be a contender for a win at Pocono.
But after giving the race away to Kasey Kahne, can Gordon get over it and earn a fifth win at Watkins Glen?
“We used to head into road course events feeling confident we would gain points and have a shot at the win. With the competition so much stronger, it’s a battle just to get a top 10 now.” Gordon noted via JeffGordon.com.
If I’m reading this right, it almost seems like Gordon feels like he let one get away at Pocono, and knows he has a huge challenge ahead at Watkins Glen. But despite the stiff competition at road courses these days, Gordon won’t have to deal with the all-time winner at Watkins Glen in Tony Stewart since he suffered a leg injury on Monday.
Gordon is currently ninth in the points standings, and the four-time Spring Cup champion excels at road courses. I don’t see a let-down from Gordon this week. I expect a win.