Found October 08, 2012 on
Contenders and pretenders from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase began to separate weeks ago. The top of the standings has remained in tack for two weeks now while the bottom half has lost pace.
The exception may be Jeff Gordon.
Gordon finished second during Sunday’s race at Talladega. The problem is Gordon is having to dig himself out of a huge hole created during the Chase opening race at Chicagoland. Finishing second moved Gordon to 42 points behind points leader Brad Keselowski.
On Sunday his second place finish coupled with Keselowski’s finish of seventh allowed the four time champion to gain six points.
Following Chicagoland Gordon was 47 points out of the Chase lead. He is now 42 points behind. In three races Gordon has made up a stunning 5 points on the Chase leader. During that time Gordon has finished third and second twice. Again, Gordon made up a staggering 5 points. Imagine the deficit had Gordon been involved in the big one.
Gordon’s run and the difficulty he has experienced...
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Jeff Gordon remembers when racing at Talladega Superspeedway was fun -- but that was long ago.
The 2.66-mile track historically breeds multicar accidents -- and the last lap in Sunday's race was no exception, when Tony Stewart pulled down to the bottom of the track to protect his position and ignited a 25-car wreck in Turn 4.
Gordon drove through the smoke and debris to finish...
THE MODERATOR: Let’s roll into our post-race for today’s 44th Annual Good Sam Road Side Assistance 500 here at Talladega Superspeedway. Our race runner-up was Jeff Gordon. He drove the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Jeff, heard you out on pit road talking about the action there in the last couple of laps. You came out on the good end...
TALLADEGA, AL. – Jeff Gordon skillfully maneuvered his No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet through last lap carnage to emerge from the smoke in the runner-up position of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. As the field came to a green-white-checkered finish, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart made...