When the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup was originally set, Jeff Gordon was on the outside looking in. Then when the penalties came down from NASCAR on Michael Waltrip Racing following Richmond, Jeff was included into the Chase as the field was expanded to 13 cars.
Now after his victory Sunday at Martinsville, Jeff has finally gotten his first win of the season and has fought his way to third in the points.
If you look at the highs and the lows of that No. 24 team this season especially there at the last race of the regular season, the spot they now find themselves in is pretty phenomenal.
Actually, the ups and downs have been the same story for that team for the last two years. Think about this, the No. 24 has had five DNF's this year and they still made the Chase. That says a lot about their resiliency and performance.
If you look at Jeff's Chase run so far in 2013, his worst finish was 15th at New Hampshire but he actually had a top-five run going there. He just didn'...