Jeff Gordon hasn't won a Sprint Cup Race since Texas in the Spring of 2009.
His last win prior to that race was Charlotte in the fall of 2007. Yet here he sits at No. 2 in this year's Chase.
He has been the consummate "points racer" the last couple of years. He has five Top Five finishes in a row. He has ten so far this season. He also has a sixth place finish at Charlotte.
But he has no wins.
In 2009 he had 16 Top Fives, 25 Top Tens, and ONE win.
This is all good when it comes to making the Chase. But if he wants to WIN the Chase, he needs to remember how to finish races in the winner's circle.
Indianapolis would be a great place to start. Not just because the track has a reputation for finding the eventual Sprint Cup champ, (four of the last five winners of the Brickyard have gone on to win the Sprint Cup Championship), but because this is one of Gordon's best tracks.
He has won this race four times, more than anyone.
Plus, this would also snap the stranglehold that teammate Jimmie Johnson has on this race of late. Johnson has won three of the last four Brickyards and of course gone on to win the Cup each time. It would be a huge boost to put some doubt in the minds of the 48 team heading into the Chase.
Since the Chase started, the fewest number of wins the champion has won is three. That was Kurt Busch in the first season. Since bonus points are now given for wins, the fewest number is five. To think Gordon can win the Cup finishing third every week is foolishness. He must win races. Period.
Indy would be a great place to start.
Other than the Daytona 500, the Brickyard is probably THE race to win. The history of Indianapolis's is second to none. It's really where automobile racing was born. The huge crowd this place draws of over 300,000 make it the greatest spectacle in sports. And of course, he is a local hero.
A win at Indy would surely do wonders for his and his team's confidence. It's a pressure event—every team points to this one as soon as Daytona is over.
If he can win at Indy, he has to feel he's back at the top of his game. And Jeff Gordon at the top of his game is better than anyone else at the top of theirs.
Even Jimmie Johnson.