NASCAR Rejuvenated Jeff Gordon and he is Ready to Win at New Hampshire

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Last week NASCAR started the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway by adding Jeff Gordon back into the Chase. Jeff Gordon turned around and had one of his better outings by finishing sixth, vaulting himself from thirteenth in the standings to seventh 24 points back. This week NASCAR returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the SYLVANIA 300.

Jeff Gordon said, “This team has a lot of fight in them and we never give up. 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. I can’t wait for this weekend’s race.

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) is a 1.058 mile track. Although there is 2-7 degrees of banking in the corners and 1 degree in the straight-aways, the track is basically flat.  The track is a true oval track.  The race is 300 laps or 317.4 miles.

Make no mistake about it; although NHMS is a short track just over one mile in length, it is difficult to pass.  It is also difficult to get your car to be good everywhere on the track.

Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with a driver rating of 109.4 since Tony Stewart is still hurt and recuperating. Gordon has an average finish at New Hampshire of an astounding 10.5. The only worries that Jeff might have is his teammate, Jimmie Johnson who has a statistically equal driver rating of 105.1 and an average finish of 9.4.  Johnson may be able to put up a challenge but Jeff Gordon has a new life following the controversy at Richmond two weeks ago.

This is always a track that I look forward to coming to, and it’s one we’ve had success at over the years.” Gordon added, “I love this track – it’s just one where I have a really good feel of what I need to get the car through the corners fast and be able to make good passes and have good speed. There are a few tracks on the circuit – probably a handful of them – that I have that kind of confidence at and this is one of them.

If you can’t get to New Hampshire Motor Speedway the race will be televised on ESPN, Sunday September 22nd starting at 1 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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Top 13 Driver Rating at New Hampshire
Tony Stewart………………………. 111.0 (Not racing due to injury)
Jeff Gordon………………………… 109.4
Jimmie Johnson………………….. 105.1
Denny Hamlin……………………… 103.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 96.9
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 96.
Ryan Newman………………………. 93.1
Jeff Burton…………………………… 92.8
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 92.1
Kasey Kahne………………………… 92.1
Kyle Busch…………………………… 91.9
Kurt Busch…………………………… 90.9
Mark Martin………………………….. 88.9
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


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