Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth Showing Their Worth in 2009

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2009

I haven't written an article on Nascar so far this season which is two races in, and Matt Kenseth has won a rain shortened Daytona 500, and the Auto club 500, that had some sprinkles that caused four cautions.

Both Gordon and Kenseth failed to win a race last year, but this year it's been a coming out party for both. So far this year Jeff has ended up in thirteenth position at Daytona with a last minute pit stop, and second yesterday.

Yesterday's race showed a different Jeff Gordon. He looked like he was shot out of a gun and immediately headed for the front from his sixth place start. The only thing in his way was No. 48 and that was soon overcome, and he was leading the race for the first time.

If anything kept Gordon from winning the race, it was his pit stops. They were not exceptionally slow, just slower than Kenseth. That final pit stop was the one Gordon needed to win, but he didn't so he gave it his all to catch and pass the No. 17; however, it was not to be.

In the post race interview Jeff said he was happy with a great race, but at the same time mad that he was unable to win. Gordon felt his pit crew had done a good job and that Steve Latarte and his crew had given him a great car.

The Hendrick cars were having a very difficult time yesterday with Mark Martin's engine blowing up and Dale Earnhardt Jr. losing power and having to go to the garage with similar problems. Jimmie Johnson started strong, but he fell back as the race continued; however, he did make a brief showing at the end.

Kyle Busch had a great seat to watch Gordon and Kenseth duke it out from his position which was four seconds back. The media had gone on all day about his chance to make history as a three time weekend winner I thought it was a great place for him to be.

In his interview, he said that it was good to see two superstars go at it. Gordon is 81 points behind Kenseth, but the season only just began. I think we are in for a treat this year from the No. 24 team.