Preseason Rank: 7th
Jeff Gordon is a four time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.
The last time he won a title was in 2001 when it was Winston Cup when he held off Tony Stewart in points. Ricky Craven, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, and Robby Gordon won their first Sprint Cup races that year.
It was also the year we lost Dale Earnhardt, Sr.; a rival, mentor, and friend to Gordon.
Gordon gave a valiant effort to win races in 2010. He came close at tracks like Las Vegas, Martinsville, Texas (he led the most laps at Las Vegas and Texas), Richmond, Phoenix and Chicagoland but only to come up short.
After he finished third at Chicagoland, he was second in points and had earned 11 top five finishes. His final top five of 2010 came at Kansas.
They didn’t run as fast as they showed in the early part of the year. For the third time in his career and second time in the last three seasons Jeff Gordon went winless. He slipped to ninth in points his lowest finish since 2005 when he missed the Chase.
Hendrick Motorsports owner, Rick Hendrick made a major change after Homestead. Gordon’s new crew chief is Alan Gustafson and will be heading to what was the 5/88 shop.
“This is unprecedented really,” says Gordon, who will work with crew chief Alan Gustafson. “I think it’s going to pay huge dividends.”
Perhaps this had brought new life into Gordon who hasn’t won a championship in almost ten years but now feels like he has every tool to make that change.
Aside from his enormous amount of talent Gordon still has desire. It was shown he Jeff Burton “fought” after their Texas wreck.
Gordon may not post multiple wins a season anymore like Jimmie Johnson but he can still win a few races.
Gordon has also shown how consistent he can be. With only one win in 2009 he finished third in points.
If he can win more races he will be one to deal with.
In the last 108 races he has just won one race.In the last 96 he has gone winless.
If he and Gustafson don’t click early that could spell trouble.
Jeff Gordon will be turning 40 this year. With his talent he still has a ton of desire to get the job done. A change could be what he needs to get back to his old winning ways.
Expect Gordon to win a race or too but he might not be a serious threat but will be lurking.