No Longer The Rainbow Warrior. Does Jeff Gordon Still Have The Fight?

By: Edward Cooks


Four NASCAR Championships, three Daytona 500 trophies, 4 Brickyard 400-commemorative gold bricks of victory and many other awards and accolades by sponsors and his team, Hendrick Motorsports, makes for an amazing display of accomplishments. But it’s all in the past. Ever since it became the Sprint Cup, Jeff Gordon has been out of contention, not even feeling the slightest shimmer of the sterling silver Sprint Cup. And in the passing of every season, it seems as though Gordon is distancing himself further from the 24-Year Old that won his first Winston Cup and more like the retiring drivers of middle of that decade he left in the dust.

But it came through the rearview in 2011, a little shine reflecting atop the #24 in reminiscence of the rainbow warrior days. Before the Chase era began, Gordon won everything there is to win in NASCAR, including victories at every single track excluding the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Car blogs around the country were ranking him among the all-time best. When it comes to the trips to Victory Lane, Gordon is only behind Richard Petty and David Pearson. But with the aggressive driving and new adjustments in 2011, that 5th championship (as the Sprint Cup) and the first Chase victory remain elusive, but still in his sights.

While Richard Petty’s 200-Victory Lane Appearances is a record that will probably remain untouched for a very long time, much like Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 or Barry Bonds’ asterisks, Jeff Gordon still feels there’s some accomplishment left in that tank of his. In 2011 his three victories made it his best season in 2007, where he won 6 victories but was overtaken by Jimmie Johnson. Gordon even came close in several races according to many car blogs, with 3 near-victories almost chalked up. Much is credited to his chief Alan Gustafson, now with a full-year together they’re only going to step up the strategy toward winning says several car blogs. "I really have such a strong belief and confidence in Alan, and the way his engineers go about processing the information. I love that," Gordon said recently. "Their confidence in me really was a boost for me, as well as those three wins. There's no doubt that the Chase was a disappointment, and we've got to take those last couple of races -- Texas and Homestead -- and build on that. Yeah, we've got work to do, but we have a great race team. There's no doubt, we can be a threat for the championship [this] year."

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Edward cooks the author of this article loves to write on sports and games, this time he wants to share his views about Car blogs.

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