Joliet, IL- Jeff Gordon was given a gift Friday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway when NASCAR adding him to the 2013 Chase field.
The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion raced his way into the Chase inside of 10 laps-to-go last Saturday night at the Richmond International Raceway. After being two laps down mid-race he fought back and was in position to make it in.
But due to the actions of Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing, David Gilliland and Joey Logano in the final seven laps, Logano moved up enough spots (3) to surpass Gordon and bump him out by just one point.
When looking back on it NASCAR felt bad for Gordon as he did everything asked to make the Chase. If it wasn’t for the actions by cheating from those four drivers then Gordon would have been in with ease. On Friday afternoon they allowed him back in as there now will be 13 drivers in the Chase.
Now, we have to ask is this the momentum Gordon needed to win his fifth Cup title?
I think it is.
Gordon said he was furious and this was the motivation for him to race like he never has. He feels like this is a second chance and is furious how the lack of sportsmanship among his fellow peers in the series.
A newly focused driver that could go down as one of the best the series ever saw with extra motivation could be dangerous for the other 12 Chase drivers.
He was 11th fastest in the first practice session yesterday on qualifying trim and backed that up with qualifying sixth for Sunday’s Geico 400. In Saturday morning’s first practice session on race trim Gordon was fastest among the Chase drivers and second quick on the session with a lap of 182.328 mph in the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet.
With how well he’s running this weekend and how mad he is, this could be Gordon’s cue to win a championship.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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