Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 4/20/12

If there is one driver who has reason to be looking forward to this weekend, it is Jeff Gordon. 

Gordon has had an up and down start to the 2012 campaign.  Gordon has had all kinds of issues from mechanical problems, problems on pit road, bad setups to getting caught in a crash while in the lead at Martinsville.

It's important to remember, however, that we’re only seven races into the season.

The biggest positive to Gordon's 2012 season is how strong he has looked at times.  He dominated Martinsville, leading 328 laps.  It was looking like he would take home the victory when he got spun out during a green-white-checkered restart. 

Even last week at Texas, Gordon started 34th after a bad qualifying lap and marched his way to a fourth-place finish.  That was done with only two cautions in the entire race, as Texas had green flag racing for the last 234 laps. 

With Gordon’s strong runs in the last few weeks, he looks poised to get a win at one of his strong tracks, Kansas Speedway.  In 12 starts at Kansas, Gordon has two wins and eight top-five finishes.

Unfortunately for Gordon, after this weekend, he might lose the advantages he has enjoyed at Kansas.  Before the Sprint Cup Series returns to Kansas in the fall, the track will be repaved and that will completely change how the track feels and drives.

Earlier this week, Gordon discussed Kansas and the repaving situation:

"I love Kansas and other worn-out tracks," said Gordon. "We'll enjoy this final race on the old surface as much as we can. I think worn-out surfaces are the ones that put on the best show. I don't know anybody that's a real fan of a repave. The tracks don't want to incur the cost, but they know that it's necessary because of the structure of the pavement or the foundation underneath or whatever it may be that puts them into that box."

While Kansas is going to get a makeover for the fall race, look for Jeff Gordon to take advantage of this weekend and get his first win of the season in the STP 400 as well as Hendrick Motorsports’ 200th Sprint Cup Series victory.

Quotes courtesy of Performance PR Plus

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