How badly does Jeff Gordon covet first win at Kentucky in last chance?
Throughout his standout career, Jeff Gordon has amassed 92 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins and four championships in the sport’s premier division.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver has managed to get to Victory Lane at 22 of the 23 tracks currently on the Sprint Cup Series tour.
In fact, he’s won at 24 tracks when you factor in his victories at Rockingham and North Wilkesboro, both of which are no longer on the schedule.
The only current track missing from his stellar wins record?
Kentucky Speedway, site of Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 and a place where Gordon is 0 for 4 since NASCAR’s top series first ventured to the Bluegrass State in 2011.
As Gordon prepares to hang up his full-time driving helmet at season’s end, this weekend will mark his final trip to the 1.5-mile venue, so the driver of the No. 24 Chevy understandably feels some added pressure going into Saturday night.
"I’m already proud that I have won at every track except Kentucky, but to win there this weekend and have a win at every track at the Sprint Cup level is something that would mean a lot to me," Gordon said.
Although Gordon has yet to win in his four trips to Kentucky, it’s not that he’s exactly shabby here. Far from it, in fact.
In those four races, he’s never finished worse than 10th and never started worse than 14th. Gordon is one of just four drivers to finish in the top 10 in every race at Kentucky.
If he pulls in to Victory Lane Saturday night, he would become the first driver in NASCAR history to win at every track where he’s raced — a major achievement, to be certain, and one that would only further cement his legacy in the sport.
Gordon also needs a win to lock up a berth in the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Will it happen at Kentucky?
"Winning at every track is not something that’s easy to accomplish," Gordon said. "This will be a challenge, and I like a good challenge and the team does, too."