On the cusp: Jeff Gordon knocking on the door of victory
The four-time Sprint Cup champion has been close but unable to close the deal on his first win of 2014. That could all change Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, where Gordon has triumphed eight times.
Jeff Gordon leads the Sprint Cup Series standings.
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By Larry McReynolds
Following the Texas race Monday afternoon, Jeff Gordon is now our Sprint Cup Series points leader. Jeff has had an unbelievable start to his season and is definitely a favorite Saturday night at Darlington. It doesn't matter what set of rules NASCAR gives out for the teams to race under, Jeff can simply get it done at Darlington.
Having won there multiple times, Jeff just always seems to perform well at Darlington. With all that said, I think our sport, like the race car, has evolved to where it's not quite so important how well you've run at any given track in the past, but how you've run this year to date.
It just seems where the track is worn out, where you are slipping and sliding is where Jeff is at his best this year. He had a great run at Las Vegas a month or so ago. At Fontana at the end of March he was the car to beat until that last restart. Then Monday at Texas Motor Speedway, he brought the No. 24 home in second spot.
We've had seven different winners in seven different races as we head to Darlington. What is interesting to note is that only one of those seven winners has ever won at Darlington, and that is Kyle Busch. So I would not be a bit surprised Saturday night when the checkered flag waves if we aren't eight-for-eight with the winner being Jeff Gordon.