The man in the No. 24 car gutted out a seventh-place finish at Charlotte last week despite back spasms that forced him out of the final practice.
This week, Gordon will be looking to do more than hold onto his lead. He'd like to extend it with a victory.
Because of the questions about his health and his position in the current standings, Gordon is certainly one to watch.
Speaking of watching, here's how you can take in the action from the Monster Mile.
Where: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
When: Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Steam: Fox Sports Go
Aside from Gordon, here's the other drivers fans should have their eyes fixated on throughout the race.
Who isn't watching No. 48?
After grabbing his first win of the season at Charlotte, Johnson may have been looking for a bit of a break from the media pressure.
He teased the media after his win last week asking them what they’re going to write about. Um, how about when you are going to get your second win of the season? Dover is his best track, and he has lots of tracks where he’s great.
No matter what Johnson says, he looked really relieved to get the first win out of the way. Heading to a track where he's won a record eight times, Johnson has to be feeling pretty confident.
He's sixth in the standings and looking to climb up further with another strong performance.
It might seem like the easy way out, but how can Johnson not be the favorite?
With a speed of 164.444 mph, per Seth Livingstone of NASCAR.com, Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday.
Johnson won from the pole position at Charlotte, and Keselowski will be hoping that trend carries over to this week.
History is not really in his favor, though. He's never won the event, and no Team Penske driver has grabbed the checkered flag in the race since Ryan Newman in 2003.
Keselowski does have one win and four top-five finishes this season. After almost a handful of near-misses at the pole, he was happy to finally have the speed to grab the top spot.
Per Dan Gelston of The Associated Press (h/t The State), Keselowski said:
I don't think we were far off before, we just needed those little pieces that were outside of our control to be evened up. I feel like that is the case now and we are where we should be.
A spot in the sport's equivalent of the playoffs seems certain, but he'd love another win to improve his grid position in The Chase.
The last time Stewart won a race was last year's FedEx 400. Could this be the spot where he finds Victory Lane again?
If the qualifying times are any indication, then the answer is no.
Smoke was just 20th in qualifying, and his team still hasn't found a winning formula. Per Racing-Reference, Stewart's 19.2 average finish this season is the lowest of his career.
It's a little late to feel desperate about making the Chase, but if he doesn't find a way to win soon, it'll be nail-biting time.
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