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My prediction: Jeff Gordon will win in Darlington

By admin | May 6, 2010

By Richard Allen

From the department of ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try again’ I am going to pick Jeff Gordon to win this weekend’s Showtime Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway.

I picked Gordon to win last week but as has been the case so many times this season, he came within a late caution flag of winning. Undeterred, I will try the driver of #24 once again.

Be advised, this is not some act of wishful thinking on my part. While I am not a Gordon hater, I am not really a Gordon fan either. Instead of emotion, I am trying to apply logic and statistics to make a sound prediction.

Gordon has won more races on this track than any other track on which he has raced, with the exception of Martinsville. He has taken seven checkered flags on both. Over the last six races at Darlington, Gordon has scored more points than anyone else.

Aside from that, Gordon has been a contender to win in virtually every race this season. Time after time, late race circumstances have kept him out of victory lane. At some point, it would stand to reason that a great driver with such a good car and team will eventually win. I am saying this will be the week.

So, Jeff Gordon fans, this will finally be your week to celebrate. Of course, I promised that last week as well.

Gordon will be followed in the top-5 by Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.

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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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