BROOKLYN, Mich. – While there is more than a race “difference” compared with 2012, Jeff Gordon does not expect much difference at Michigan International Speedway this weekend.
Gordon enters Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup event, the 15th race of the season, 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings with 393 markers. Last year at this juncture he was 22nd and had only accumulated 336 points. That difference of 57 is more than can be earned in one race.
“We are further up in the standings but we’re going to need to battle just as hard as we did last year over the summer months to earn a Chase spot,” said Gordon, referring to one of 12 “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” berths available after race No. 26 at Richmond, Va. “But our focus doesn’t need to be on anyone else – it needs to remain on what we as a team are doing.
“And doing everything possible to win.”
In 40 starts at the two-mile track, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has two wins, five pole positions, 18 top-fi