NASCAR’s 2009 Top 12

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. I’m reviewing the top 12 drivers finishing the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Today’s post is third place finisher, #24 Jeff Gordon. Although Jeff has four Cup Championships, they were all Winston Cup Championships. He has no Championships in this new chase format. So, Jeff is going for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. He would be going for Championship number seven if the Chase format hadn’t come along. Previously, points were accumulated over 36 races. And the driver who did the best during the last ten races, wasn’t rewarded with the Championship.

Jeff has missed the Chase only once since it was started in 2004. He has been running in the top three in points all year, and is a solid contender for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.  Having only one win (for the first time in Texas), Jeff starts the Chase in sixth.

Jeff has 82 career wins, has made five Chase appearances and has three Chase wins. The only track he has not won on is the season finale, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In my opinion, if he can get a win there, he will win the Championship. The first race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was just so-so, with a finish of 15th. But then had a streak of five top tens, four of them top fives.

But Talladega collected him, with a finish of 22nd. Jeff was still in contention at Texas Motor Speedway, but he couldn’t match his performance there earlier this year, his only win. Thirteenth wasn’t good enough. The last two races were top tens, but that was only good enough to keep him in third.

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