Yes, you read that right. Jeff Gordon and his NASCAR Sprint Cup team were on their game at Texas Motor Speedway. Sure Gordon blew a right front tire on lap 73. Sure that took him and his team totally out of contention for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But in spite of all that they were still on their game.
On lap 73 Jeff Gordon blew a front tire and hit the wall hard. In the replay there was parts and pieces from the front end all over the track. It was easy to see that Jeff and the Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet team were done or at the least it looked that way to everyone else but them.
The next thing we saw on TV was Jeff getting interviewed and the 24 team fixing the car. I am sure I am not the only one who thought “What was the point of fixing the car?”
How many points could he possibly earn by getting back on the track? Certainly his car was hurt pretty good. Was it worth it?
Not many people would have thought less of Jeff if he simply went home since his Chase hopes were over. Jeff Gordon and his team didn’t quit though. They fixed the car even though it didn’t appear they could get much.
When Jeff got back on the track at approximately lap 187 of 334 it looked like he could only pass David Ragan who was off the track at lap 81. Gordon did pass Ragan to get that point but low and behold Jeff was able to get more.
Jeff Gordon ran the rest of the race passing Timmy Hill, Bobby Labonte, and Josh Wise. He essentially passed all the cars that it would be possible to pass gaining four additional points that he wouldn’t have gotten had he and his team simply parked.
What this means for Gordon and his team is that he is sixth in points do to the tie breaker with Clint Bowyer instead of eighth. There will be a big payoff at the end of the season for this and more if he can improve the next two races. The never give up play by Jeff Gordon and the Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet team was missed by some! Jeff Gordon is still a Champion even though he won’t win another one this year.