Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List
Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson know how to win championships. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)
By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
LOUDON, N.H. – It’s been 13 years since Jeff Gordon won the last of his four NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.
So how surprising is it that the 43-year-old driver is one of the favorites in this year’s Chase for the championship?
“Jeff is still one of the best drivers out there,’’ said Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. “It’s no surprise to anybody who knows how hard he works and how good that (No.) 24 team is that he’s a contender.’’
Maybe the biggest surprise this year is that Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet hasn’t entered the Chase as the car to beat, especially considering he is the reigning series champion and winner of six of the last eight Cup titles.
“Last year we had a really poor summer and got off to a great start in the Chase and heated-up and went from headlines saying, ‘What’s wrong with the No. 48?’
“Here we go again; I knew it. I wish I could explain why teams are good and bad and why it’s so hard to be consistent all year long. But, last year, even though we had a tough end of the regular season, we were in position to win a lot of races. And we did win a bunch during the course of the year. We’ve had one hot spot in the middle of this year and we’ve kind of been lukewarm on the other sides. I’m hoping we get to that hot spot Read the full story »