Racing With House Money
For a man not even supposed to be in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, Jeff Gordon is not taking anything for granted. After the last race of NASCAR’s regular season Gordon was left on the outside of the final 12 Chase spots. However, after NASCAR investigations revealed some questionable ethical decisions by other Chase-involved drivers, they allowed Gordon to be the 13th competitor. It was a controversial decision, which energized the number 24.
After four races it is starting to become clear who is a competitor in this year’s Chase and who is not. Gordon sits at fourth only 32 points back but still does not have a win this year. He is the only driver in the top six without one checkered flag. But due to some seriously good driving in the first four “playoff” races Gordon sits within spitting distance of the top driver, Matt Kenseth. A few more top five finishes and he could be in the top two come the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In a Chase that started off weird, Gordon has done well when engine and car troubles have pitted other drivers and dropped them to the bottom of the standings. A sixth place finish in Chicago, fourth place finish at Dover, and a third place finish at Kansas has propelled him from 13th in the standings to the top four. His only finish in the Chase outside the top ten was at New Hampshire, where he finished 15th.
Jeff Gordon knows he was given a unique opportunity to race in this year’s Chase. He knows that he has nothing to lose in a Chase he technically was not supposed to be a part of. Luckily for NASCAR fans, Gordon has six more races to duke it out with the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, and several others for a shot at glory in Miami. Gentlemen, start your engines.