Jeff Gordon sits 34 points back behind his teammate Jimmie Johnson in the Sprint Cup standings without a win. It’s amazing Gordon is even in contention this long without a win, but now he has to make a move. He can’t just have top-five finishes every week. He has to win — maybe even more than once in the final four races before a new Sprint Cup champion is crowned.
Gordon finished 14th at Talladega last week, so he basically survived the big wreck. But over the course of the race, he was a bit conservative by laying back in the pack and not making any moves to risk damage to his championship chances. It’s interesting because that race is almost like the picture of what Gordon is going through in this year’s Chase. He can’t wait until Miami to finally be aggressive.
Gordon has to get it done now, and what better track to do so than at Martinsville, where he is arguably the best driver among his active competitors? Part of the reason why Gordon is so good at the track is because he believes the track hasn’t changed much in his entire Sprint Cup career.
In 41 starts at Martinsville, Gordon has 26 top-five finishes, 33 top-10 finishes and 3,515 laps as a leader on the track. Those three statistics are where Gordon leads all active drivers on the track.