Found September 16, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Jeff Gordon
You have heard it numerous times. You can not win a championship in race one but you can lose it. Jeff Gordon may have done just that when his car crashed into the wall at Chicagoland Speedway following a hung throttle. Gordon started 19th on Sunday and was running 4th when Gordon relayed the following information to his team. “We’re done, Throttle stuck.” Suddenly 187 laps into the first Chase race and already a driver may have been eliminated from contention. Just last weekend Gordon raced his way into the NASCAR Chase. His second place finish at Richmond earned him a spot as a wild car participant. A week later Gordon is the twelfth man on a twelve man list. It may not have been his fault but Jeff Gordon may already be out of the NASCAR title picture. Currently trailing by 47 points, Gordon would need a string of good luck to break out coupled with some poor finishes by those ahead of him. How bad was Gordon’s day at Chicagoland? He is 21 points behind Matt Kenseth who is e...

Gordon suffers setback in opener

Jeff Gordon was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup title contender out of contention in Sunday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Gordon's throttle stuck on Lap 187 and his No. 24 slammed into the Turn One wall. He started 19th but was running fourth at the time. "We're done," Gordon said over the radio. "Throttle stuck." Gordon sat in the garage as...

Top contenders struggle in Chicago

When you look at the opening Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway last Sunday, several title contenders had problems. Jeff Gordon crashed, Matt Kenseth had a shock fall off and Denny Hamlin ran out of fuel on the final lap. When you look at drivers, especially Jeff Gordon - I don't know that I would throw Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth into this category yet...

NASCAR: Chase showdown looms as teams prepare for Chicagoland

  Past Champions’ Luster Makes Winning ’12 Title Challenging There are four good reasons why becoming a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is supremely difficult. This year’s challenge is to beat four competitors who have been to the top of the mountain before – 13 times, to be exact. The 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ roster is stacked with veterans...
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