Found July 26, 2013 on Speedway Digest - Home for NASCAR News:
Jeff Gordon has a problem with the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- currently, he's not in it. But Gordon also has a solution, and it doesn't necessarily involve winning a race before the Chase field is set after the Sept. 7 event at Richmond. Gordon is tied for 11th in the series standings right now, and that's not quite good enough to make the 10-race Chase. The top-10 drivers in points after 26 races qualify automatically, along with the two wild-card drivers from positions 11-20 with the most victories. Gordon has no wins this year. Martin Truex Jr., tied with Gordon for 11th, has one victory. So does Tony Stewart, who is 13th in points. That makes Truex and Stewart the provisional wild cards and leaves Gordon on the outside looking in. Gordon, however, would be in a better position if he could stop taking a step back for every two forward. After running third at Dover and 12th at Pocono, Gordon was wiped out in an early crash at Michigan and finished 39th. A week later, he was second at Sonoma and followed that with an eight-place result at New Hampshire, only to crash out of the July 6 race at Daytona in 34th place. Throughout his up-and-down season, Gordon has maintained a flirtation with the top 10, but it has been a tumultuous, uncomfortable love affair. On the other hand, it's nothing a string of strong finishes can't cure, and Gordon doesn't think he can afford a cautious approach to the seven races that remain before the Chase field is set. "That's the beauty of where I'm at in points," Gordon said Friday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard. "I don't have to dial back anything. We're in full-on aggressive mode. "Do we have to win? No. But do we have to put seven really good races together? Yes. In order to put good races together, I'm talking top fives. You look at the guys we're racing against, and they can easily do that. "We have to push and not pull back. I don't know of a time where I went into a race -- maybe I go back to the 1997 championship -- where we were really the whole time thinking about points. Every time I've thought about points, it's cost us more positions than we've gained." That's the attitude the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and four-time Brickyard winner plans to bring to Sunday's race. "That's what we're going to do this weekend, and that's what we're going to do every weekend," he said.
1 Comment:
  • After the Brickyard and a very good top 10 finish, Jeff Gordon is 10th in the standings and if he does not get wrecked out like he has this year, he will be in the chase, wins or not. Then he will also start the same as the drivers with wins outside 10th in wild card slots. I do think he will have a win before the chase like maybe next week at Bristol where he does well if not wrecked by Matt Kenseth.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon Thinks Brickyard 400 Should be a Night Race

Indianapolis, IN- The new discussion this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is whether or not the Brickyard 400 should be a night race. For those that may not know what I’m talking about, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has taken to the state of Indiana for money to put up lights around the famed 2.5-mile oval. The lights seem to be a certainty, and once they go up a night...

Jeff Gordon: Fifth Brickyard win wouldn’t make him best ever at Indy

Indianapolis, IN- The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 20th time in the series’ history this weekend. Entering the race, both Jeff Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson rank tied for the most wins in the races history with four. That coincidentally enough is tied for the 102-year IMS record as only Rick Mears, Al Unser...

Gordon Going All Out To Get Wins And Into The Chase

There’s one thing to know about Jeff Gordon’s strategy for the rest of the regular season, he’s going full throttle in every corner of every race. Without a win so far this season, Gordon is on the cusp of being out of the Chase. He needs to either get into the top-10 or get wins, both things Gordon is looking to do. “The beauty of where I’m at in points. I don’t have...

NASCAR buzzing after Eldora dirt race

The NASCAR Truck Series stop at Eldora Speedway this week created a lot of buzz that still hasn't died down. Drivers in Indianapolis for this weekend's Brickyard race were talking Friday about a possible Sprint Cup series race at the Ohio track - someday. The race on Wednesday was NASCAR's first stop on a dirt track since Sept. 30 1970. Jeff Gordon said he would like...

Jimmie Johnson looking for unprecedented fifth win at Indy

  Can the driver known as "Five-Time" become "Double Five-Time?" Jimmie Johnson would like nothing better. Johnson already has five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships to his credit. At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400, he has won four of the last seven races, tying him for most victories at the Brickyard...

NASCAR: 5 Drivers to Win Brickyard 400 Now that Field is Set

Indianapolis, IN- The field of 43 for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 is now set. We now know the starting positions of all 43 drivers for tomorrow’s 20th annual Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Many pointed to Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon as favorites to win the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the historic 2.5-mile oval. Now that both practice sessions and...

NASCAR celebrates 20th Cup race at Indianapolis

Traditionalists balked and some were downright outraged at the mere suggestion stock cars dare set their fenders on the sacred ground of Indianapolis. Stage a NASCAR race at the home of the Indianapolis 500? May as well make Indy 500 winners swig orange juice in Victory Lane or have the track install lights for a night race. Heck, make it the Indianapolis 350. None of it could...

Four former Brickyard 400 champions need Indy victory to help their Chase dreams

  Seven races remain until the 12 drivers for the 2013 version of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are all locked in and ready to battle for the series title. Some drivers look like locks to make the 10-week postseason by virtue of multiple wins or their position near the top of the standings. For others, however, the prospects are a little more daunting.  When the NASCAR Sprint...

NASCAR: Brickyard 400 still a marquee event to drivers

Indianapolis, IN- Many people in the racing community were wondering if it’s time for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR to part ways. For some reason, many open wheel diehards don’t like the fact that NASCAR has invaded their arena. With the declining crowds the last few years most were using that as ammunition to end the Brickyard 400. Many used the lack of passing...

Stat Line: Crown Royal 400

This week’s edition of Start ‘N’ Park Blog’s Stat Line breaks down the numbers behind Sunday’s Crown Royal 400 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Feel free to use the information to impress your friends during the race weekend. History: Races: 19 Races Won from the Pole: 2 Last Race Won from the Pole: Jimmie Johnson (07/27/2008) Race Record: Bobby Labonte 155.912 mph...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.