By admin | April 29, 2010
By Richard Allen
Yesterday, I posted a column that said all the pieces are in place for a major implosion at Hendrick Motorsports. Well, that implosion is not going to happen this weekend, if ever.
Frustrated fans of Jeff Gordon, and the driver himself, will have reason to celebrate because he will win the â€˜Crown Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400â€™ at the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night.
Over the course of this still young season Gordon has seemingly been one of the drivers to beat on an almost weekly basis. Time and again he has had victory in sight only to have circumstances dictate otherwise.
In Martinsville, he was leading and almost made it to the white flag when a caution came out and forced a green/white/checkered finish that ultimately allowed Denny Hamlin to win.
In Phoenix, Gordon was out dueled in another g/w/c finish by Ryan Newman.
In Texas, he obviously had the best car only to crash late and again lose out to Hamlin. And in the crapshoot that is Talladega, Gordon again had a strong ride but was eliminated when he wrecked after contact with teammate Jimmie Johnson for the second week in a row.
As is clearly evident, Gordon has had a race winning capable car under him virtually every weekend(or Monday). Unfortunate mishaps have cost him time after time. This week will be the one in which he finally puts it all together. It will be his third career win at RIR if he does indeed pull it off.
Following Gordon in the top-5 will be Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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