Jeff Gordon Shows His A-Game

Michael VoyerSenior Analyst IApril 6, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 05:  Jeff Gordon (C), driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, talks with his crew in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 5, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It seemed like forever since Jeff Gordon had won a race. The four-time cup champ's last win came at Lowe's in 2007, 47 races ago.

It was an old fashion Texas showdown and, much like last year, Carl Edwards was the man to beat. Anything the leaders seemed to do, Edwards would do, and within a minute he would top it.

Not to mention last week's winner Jimmie Johnson. Johnson has had some great runs in Texas, but none that seemed to be going to a win as much as this one.

Johnson had Martinsville like a slice of pie and if a caution had waved in the last 10 laps, it would have been the greatest showdown between teammates Gordon and Johnson.

Now, our pole-sitter David Reutimann was most impressive. At the start of the race he held off a very hungry Gordon to lead the first seven laps.

It was great racing that you would usually see toward the end of a race, yet points are so hard to come across. And you have to hand it to Reutimann, not many drivers can hold off Gordon the way he did.

Of course he wasn't able to do it for long, yet he still managed for a while.

To be honest, the most impressive was the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevy of Ryan Newman. He started 21st and finished 15th.

Between Newman's continuous great efforts and Stewart's incredible finishes, this team will win an owners championship within the next few years.