February 20, 2011 by staff
Jeff Gordon, He won one race in the last three years, and is obviously slow. It has been completely overshadowed by the child, he engaged, and completely overwhelmed by the legacy he built. Sad to say, Jeff Gordon seems to be almost the end of his journey as an active legend. If only he could stop passing cars. Yes, it is a strange thing to be beaten over the head with your own success. Because it was a time when Gordon was collecting victories over a younger age than any driver who had already received at the wheel of a stock car.
Therefore the lack of checkered flags in recent seasons has become so sensitive. It’s almost as if a temporary decline gave way to a new reality. Almost as if his foray into management has coincided with its decline as a pilot. But here’s the rub: Gordon is still accumulating points with more regularity than any NASCAR driver, except one.
The problem is that it does not meet the standard of his protege, Jimmie Johnson. Or the level of his youth. “I can tell you it was not quite as much fun the last two years,” Gordon said. “We’ve always been pretty competitive, but not as competitive as we were in the past. Now, it is an objective and a challenge to come back and see, “Do I have what it takes?
“I think this year is a real test for me.” Gordon is one of three drivers – Johnson and Denny Hamlin are the other two – to have qualified for the end of season Chase for the Championship in each of the last five years. And it was in the top 10 in the Sprint Cup standings for 16 of the last 17 seasons.
Thus, tests of vision and right lanes are probably not in his immediate future. Daytona 2011 500 is about to get underway on FOX and the Bay Area and much of California is well represented in this year’s race. NASCAR great Jeff Gordon (born: Vallejo), AJ Allmendinger (Los Gatos) and Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield) are three of the favorites in today’s race. Gordon is going off at 12-1, Kevin Harvick is the big favorite at 8-1, and AJ Allmendinger is a 50-1 long shot.
The Daytona 500 was the starting eleven at the crack Dale Earnhardt Jr. in pole position with Jeff Gordon on the outside of the front line. But after Earnhardt crashed his car practice, it is now from the back and Kurt Busch, winner of the Duel 1 and the Budweiser Shootout, will now take the pole position.
But with the changes poles, there are even changes in car for all competitors at the eleventh hour, “said NASCAR News Sunday. All openings in the grid will be extended an extra inch on Sunday due to higher temperatures than expected. With 80-degree weather planned for Sunday, NASCAR says it has added new openings in the gate wider for cars today to help engine cooling. This amendment was added, and three others have announced new earlier in the week, including the addition of a pressure relief valve. (Departure time is 1 pm EST.) But despite these changes in both cars and the pole (IBI), a possible real change for Sunday is taking new Jeff Gordon. Gordon peaked earlier in his career, but in recent seasons has struggled. Could that all change on Sunday?
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