Jeff Gordon hasn’t been the most consistent driver in NASCAR this season, but he sure has figured out how to find the winner’s circle when he needs to. And with a win in the Pocono 500 on Sunday, he just may find himself into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, whether he finishes in the top 10 in points through the regular season or not.
This is the thing about NASCAR’s new emphasis on winning. If you’re not consistent, but can still rip off the W’s like nobody’s business, they believe that you should be able to compete for the title just the same. Whether it’s fair or not, it’s going to make things a lot more exciting, even thought Gordon may have already all but locked up one of those two wild-card spots.
Either way, the motivation is working – with Sunday’s victory, Gordon doubled his win total from the entire 2008-2010 seasons.
But Gordon’s not the only one running every weekend – we’ve got 19 other drivers to cover in this week’s power rankings. Read on: