Jeff Gordon was as excited as anyone when he heard the news that he would be the 13th entry into the Chase for the Sprint Cup last week, and it is the kind of thing that can inspire a team for a very long time. It might sound crazy to some, but I am picking Gordon to win his fifth Sprint Cup championship this season.
“This team has a lot of fight in them and we never give up,” noted Gordon via Jeffgordon.com. “We’ve started to run better – I think Chicago was one of our best races so far this year – and we have started to finish better. We just need to keep building on that. When you have cars that drive like the one I had at Chicago, it’s so much fun.”
A lot of what has come from this season for Gordon has been frustration. He has had very good cars and received bad luck in the process at times. We can talk about the wrecks at Michigan in June and at Waktins Glen in August where both of those wrecks came within 20 laps of when the race began. Or we can talk about the spring race in Bristol where Gordon’s car blew out a tire while leading which pretty much ended his day. But now that those issues are behind him for the time being, it creates a situation where Gordon is getting a fresh start.
Gordon is already seventh in the points standings as he is 24 points back of leader Matt Kenseth. Sometimes in professional sports, when you let a competitor, especially elite ones like Gordon hang around, they take advantage of the opportunity. And I expect Gordon to do just that.