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If Jeff Gordon can win Sunday at Pocono Raceway he would certainly put an interesting twist on things for the wildcard bubble.
Gordon currently sits 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, just 10 points behind Paul Menard for the top 10.
If the Chase were to start today, Gordon would barely be in as he and Tony Stewart would be the two wild card drivers. A win would go a long way and give him a very good chance at making NASCAR’s postseason with where he stands in the points.
Gordon is very good at Pocono and needs to take advantage of the 2.5-mile oval where he thrives at. He’s won two of the last four races there including one the last two seasons.
10 of Gordon’s last 13 starts at Pocono he’s finished in the top 10 with three wins. He has a series-high six wins there and is the all-time NASCAR Lap leader around the tricky triangle with 965 Laps led.
The last time the series was at the 2.5-mile circuit in August Gordon won. He needs to replicate that finish and solidify himself for a spot in the Chase. If he doesn’t capitalize and a few of the others start winning that’s not in the Chase he could be on the outside looking in come September.
Gordon has finished third in two of the last three races and enters ready to earn another victory. His other Hendrick Motorsports teammates are all in the top seven and look primed for a championship run. Gordon would like to join the party.
A win would put a lot of pressure on drivers like Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Aric Almirola and others who are near the top 10 in the standings without a win this season.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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