BRISTOL, Tenn. – For someone who ranks third on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins list with 86 victories, Jeff Gordon desperately wants another.
The five-time Bristol Motor Speedway winner enters Saturday night’s race 16th in the point standings. Only three races remain before the 12-driver “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” field is set, and it appears Gordon’s best opportunity to secure one of those spots is through one of two “wild card” slots. Those spots will be awarded to the two drivers with the most wins ranked No. 11 – 20 in the point standings after the Richmond event on September 8 – with the tiebreaker being points accumulated. In that “wild card” chase, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne currently holds the top spot with two victories while Gordon, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose and Joey Logano are each searching for their second win of the season.
“It’s about wins for us now,” said Gordon, who is 30 points behind Newman for the final spot. “And we h