After all that has happened in NASCAR over the last week with the incident at Richmond, Jeff Gordon just seems to be focused on winning from here on out, and it starts at Chicagoland Speedway. Gordon had bad luck last year at the track due to a stuck throttle, but the four-time champion has six top-five finishes, and seven top-10 finishes in 12 starts in Chicago.
“We’ve had some good runs here recently, but this is the first time we will have raced the new Chevy SS here,” noted Gordon via Jeffgordon.com. “We’re learning more and more about the car each and every week, and I think we have made gains in our intermediate track program as the season has progressed.”
I’m not happy Gordon is out of the chase, but in all honesty, I really do just want him to build on his career wins at this point. Gordon has 87 career wins in the Sprint Cup, and it would be great to see approach 100 before he decides to hang it up for good. I don’t see Gordon turning into a Mark Martin and looking driving part-time very late in his career. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, but I just think Gordon’s brand won’t allow that to happen.
When you are out of the chase the way Gordon is, and the expectations that he has for himself and his team, it may be hard to get up every week from here on out and fight. But, I’m sure the champ in him won’t let up.