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Jeff Gordon doing well is good for NASCAR

By admin | August 8, 2014

Jeff Gordon

By Richard Allen

Not that it really matters, but Jeff Gordon is currently leading the Sprint Cup standings 21 races into the 2014 season. Of course, under the current NASCAR championship system, leading the points at any stage of the season is not as meaningful as it one was, but the fact that this driver is doing so and experiencing a bit of a resurgence at this stage of his career is good to see.

It’s not like Gordon had disappeared or anything over the last few years, but he certainly has not been the dominating driver that he was during the 1990s. At the age of 43, he likely will never be that driver again. However, it is good to see him competitive on a weekly basis once more rather than just on occasion.

Don’t misunderstand my point here. I am not simply some gushing Jeff Gordon fan who is glad that my favorite driver is once again sitting atop the Sprint Cup standings. As a matter of fact, I have never considered myself a ”fan” of this particular driver nor would I call myself a fan of the Hendrick Motorsports organization he drives for. However, I have always respected his accomplishments and I do regard him as one of the all time greats in the sport.

My point here is that Gordon is good for the sport of auto racing. His is a name that people who don’t follow NASCAR on a regular basis immediately recognize and relate to. Thus, it is good for racing when he does well.

And more, his win in the Brickyard 400 earlier this season added to the already impressive legacy he will one day leave behind.  It was yet another ‘crown jewel’ win for a driver who has had so many highlights on the biggest of NASCAR’s stages.

And further, Gordon has now reached that stage of his career in which the “haters” have mellowed a bit. He is now recognized by many as a grand ole champion rather than a villain. All drivers tend to reach that stage during the latter years of their careers in which the boos once heard at the introduction of their names are replaced by the polite applause of those who were once most opposed to the mere mention of their names.

Not that Gordon is washed up and simply riding out the last days, but he is now more thought of as a respected hero than he once was.

Going into this year’s Chase, none of us truly know what to expect under this new elimination type format. But the fact that Jeff Gordon is a contender to win on seemingly a week to week basis would tend to make me think that he is serious threat to win his fifth Sprint Cup title. And I would not be opposed to that at all.

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4 Responses to “Jeff Gordon doing well is good for NASCAR”

  1. Boris Says:
    August 9th, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I’ll keep it simple, there are still many Jeff Gordon “haters”, that goes for Hms too.

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    August 9th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    As much as I am a Hendrick Hater, I think Jeff Gordon is just as reason to attract sponsors as Mark Martin or Rusty Wallace. I would like to see more CEOs or Owner Owners and less Endorser Owners or Cold Indifferent Characters who I am not aware of in the garage.

  3. Ken Says:
    August 9th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Here we go again! NASCAR thinking that one driver doing good is the saviour of the sport. First, it was Junior winning Daytona. Who did that work out for you, NASCAR? Attendance is still dropping. Television ratings still dropping. Oh ya, Junior winning Daytona has really worked out for you, hasn’t it. Now, it’s the ever popular (Barf!) Jeff Gordon. Might I suggest you give it a rest. First of all, I don’t care who the driver is, NASCAR does not need another Championship going to a driver from Henrick. Yes, the guy is super rich, and spends more than all the other race teams combined. But, as Bill France Sr. learned, domination of the sport by one driver, one manufacturer, or one team not only damages the sport, it alienates a lot of fans who chose not to cheer for that driver/team/owner. Look at the damage done when Carl Kiekhaefer dominated NASCAR in 1955/1956. France welcomed Kiekhaefer into NASCAR with open arms, but quickly realised Kiekhaefer was killing the sport. France was glad to see him go after the 1956 season. (Reference: “Real NASCAR; White Lightning, Red Clay, And Big Bill France” by Daniel S. Pierce)

    As for the first comment about Gordon “Haters”, well, count me as one then. I never could stand the whining, snivelling, over-privileged crybaby. Never mind that he drives for a person with the criminal past that “Saint Rick” has. If you want to rad about the true character of Mr. Hendrick, pick up a copy of “Arrogance And Accords” but Steve Lynch. the book is about the Honda Motors scandal of the 1970s to 1990s, and Hendrick was a major player in the corruption. What do they say about a leopard never changes its spots?

    To add to the comment of the first poster, it always amazes me that if someone doesn’t fall all over their driver, in this case, Jeff Gordon, and they dare post a negative comment about their drives, they jump in and start throwing the “hater” label around. Yet, that same person will very quickly jump in and start writing negative comments about other drivers (Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch as examples), which is fine. Not everyone is going to like your driver. If you want to label a disliking for your driver as hate, that’s your privilege. Some of us will even admit it, that we “hate’ your driver. Deal with it!

  4. The Old Guy Says:
    August 9th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Never been a fan of Gordon.

    However, He is one of the best ever to drive in NASCAR.

    IMHO, this is how it should read.

    Championships.

    Petty - 7

    Earnhardt - 7

    Gordon - 5

    Johnson - 4

    With Cale Yarborough being the only to win 3 in a row.