My colleague earlier in the week, James Harris, discussed if Jeff Gordon should listen to criticism after his crash at Watkins Glen, which has caused him to fall from ninth to 13th in the Sprint Cup points standings. Harris noted that Gordon is still among the best drivers in the Sprint Cup, and I agree with him. I think there should be criticism, but it should be pointed at the rest of the team.
Gordon has always been about the team, especially this season whenever things haven’t gone well. But I think Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson should share more of the blame due to not having the type of cars that are stable during restarts over the course of the last two seasons. It has always felt like Gordon has had issues on restarts, but built his way up to the front on late green- flag pit stops, but more times than not it would be too little too late.
Not to mention, qualifying issues. A good amount of the heat should be on Gordon in that regard, because at the end of the day he is the driver, but there is plenty of blame to go around when qualifying is an issue time and time again.
“We analyze the race, the situation and take all the information we can gather to find ways to improve and make sure things don’t happen again in the future,” noted Gordon, who is referencing his crash at Watkins Glen, and will start 13th on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway via Jeffgordon.com. “Qualifying as poorly as we did put us in the position to get caught up in that wreck.”
Gordon is too talented of a driver to have these issues. He still has a lot left in the tank, the problem to me is when can the rest of the 24 team get on Gordon’s level? If they can’t this season, then changes need to be made soon.