Whilst watching Jeff Gordon crash at the Cheez-It 355 on Sunday, I couldn’t help but acknowledge the negative press surrounding the four-time NASCAR champion of late.
The No. 24 car has yet to win a race, and after seeing a few headlines pertaining as to whether he should retire or not, I felt for Gordon as he climbed from his wrecked Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
When all the dust had settled and Kyle Busch had made it down Victory Lane, Gordon had fallen four places in the standings and one place away from the Chase for the Cup contention.
This is all negative news for the 42-year-old Californian, but if we take a few steps back and look at it all from a distance, things aren’t so bad. In fact, at Pocono last week, Gordon was looking strong for the win, and although he eventually lost out to Kasey Kahn in the closing laps, there were flashes of the old Gordon there.
This second place was also Gordon’s fifth top three finish this season. Over the last six races, Gordon has scored five top 10 finishes and two second-place finishes. This saw him jump from 16th to ninth in the overall standings, and if it wasn’t for his crash, he’d have most likely jumped up higher.
If Gordon had made it to the finish on Sunday, the headlines would’ve read something along the lines of: “Comeback King Looking Good For The Chase.” Gordon shouldn’t be written off because of one race when he is looking stronger in the second half of the season.
So should Gordon Retire?
In a word: No.
James Harris is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com
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