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Bristol Notes: Gordon Says No Wins, No Problem

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, August 20 2010

Jeff Gordon still searching for first victory. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Bristol, Tenn. – Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon is riding a 52-race winless entering Saturday evening’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

But Gordon, who is second to Kevin Harvick in the championship standings, says he’d be satisfied to win the title even if he fails to visit victory lane this season.

“I’ll be fine winning the championship without winning a single race,” said Gordon, whose last victory came at Texas in April 2009. “I’ll take pride in it, absolutely. You win it however you win it, you know?

“The best team is going to win the championship, however that is. I’ve been a part of the sport long enough to know that under the old points system you couldn’t have failures. But you could win a championship because of somebody else’s failures, engine failures or tire problems.

“And so do you want to win a championship that way? Not necessarily, but you’ll take it. Do I want to win the championship without having a win? No. But I’ll still take it and take it proudly.”

It ain’t me: Kevin Harvick has piloted his No. 29 Chevrolet to wins three times this season and owns a whopping 293 point advantage over Gordon in the series’ standings.

But Harvick believes four-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will be the driver to beat when the 10-race Chase begins next month in Loudon, N.H.

“I still think the No. 48 team is the team to beat,” said Harvick, the winner at Michigan on Sunday. “No matter how good somebody runs, I still think that those guys are the ones to beat just for the fact that they have won it the last four year being in a somewhat similar situation.

“I’d like to just leave it all over there and let us keep doing what we are doing. Obviously, we’ve run well and we feel like we can contend for a championship. But contending and winning are two different things and I think we’ve shown we can win races and have shown that we can run good.

“But, I still think until somebody completes the deal and knocks them off, they have to be the ones you have to beat just because they have done it four times.”

Edwards Undeterred: Full-time Sprint Cup drivers may be ineligible to compete for the Nationwide Series title beginning in 2010. But that won’t deter Carl Edwards from running all 34 races in 2010 in the No. 60 Ford.

“I committed to my team and (Roush-Fenway Racing president) Geoff Smith this week that I’m going to run full-time in the Nationwide Series next year,” said Edwards, the 2007 Nationwide Series champion.

“If NASCAR says we can’t run for driver points, I still feel like I owe it to my guys, my sponsors and myself to follow through and do what I said I’d do.”

– Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, August 20 2010
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