Category: Jeff Gordon

Mar 27 2009

Rainout Puts Gordon on Martinsville Pole

The rainout of qualifying has put Jeff Gordon on the pole in Martinsville, his eighth there I believe, and one he could have had there if they qualified normally as this is one of his best tracks. This assures him of having the pest pit stall and gives him a little bit of an advantage as far as being the first out of the pits, which leads me to predict that Gordon will break the winless streak this weekend. (I know, big surprise.)

Here is how they will start:
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
3 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt
11 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
16 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm.
17 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
21 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA
22 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing
23 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com
24 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox
25 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS
27 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army
28 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Industrial Tools
29 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Charter Comm.
30 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Robby Gordon Motorsports
31 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest
32 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1
33 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell
34 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
35 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window
36 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull
37 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero
38 98 Paul Menard Ford Energizer / Menards
39 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports
40 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Array Lighting / Nexxus Lighting
41 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
42 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport
43 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports

Did Not Qualify
44 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
45 37 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver’s
46 146 Dennis Setzer Dodge Romeo Guest Construction
47 175 Derrike Cope Dodge FW1 Top Secret Wax / Blu Frog Energy / Flip n Bags

Feb 12 2009

Jeff Gordon is Back in Winner’s Circle

The first Gatorade Duel race is over and Jeff Gordon is back in victory lane again, even though it’s not a points race, it sure does put a good start to the 2009 Sprint Cup season. It looked like Tony Stewart might be able to beat him, but, in the end, his help wasn’t close enough to give him a push around Gordon. Speaking of Stewart, they looked pretty good working together, I was wondering when that would end, I figured the last five laps would be a good start to ending the cooperation and that’s about when Tony first passed Jeff, I believe it was with four laps to go.

Joey Logano looked pretty good for an 18 year old punk behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car, pushing Jeff Gordon around Tony for the last pass for the lead. We’ll see how he does in the 500 and the rest of the season soon enough.

Here is how they finished the first duel:
1 5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont PE 60 Running
2 6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice PE 60 Running
3 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s PE 60 Running
4 10 20 Joey Logano * Toyota The Home Depot PE 60 Running
5 4 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero PE 60 Running
6 22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite PE 60 Running
7 19 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser PE 60 Running
8 15 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing PE 60 Running
9 7 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards PE 60 Running
10 12 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal PE 60 Running
11 9 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports PE 60 Running
12 18 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming PE 60 Running
13 14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie PE 60 Running
14 21 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s PE 60 Running
15 16 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA PE 60 Running
16 23 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 PE 60 Running
17 28 146 Carl Long Dodge Romeo Guest Construction PE 60 Running
18 25 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s PE 60 Running
19 26 66 Terry Labonte Toyota Window World PE 60 Running
20 24 127 Kirk Shelmerdine Toyota Kirk Shelmerdine Racing PE 60 Running
21 1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker PE 60 Running
22 20 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam PE 60 In Pit
23 13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS PE 60 Running
24 8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M PE 58 In Pit
25 17 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World PE 53 In Pit
26 11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt PE 52 In Pit
27 2 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft PE 25 In Pit
28 27 123 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors PE 23 Running

Mar 29 2008

Gordon on Pole for Martinsville, 7th of His Career There

Jeff Gordon takes Martinsville Pole for 2008
Hendrick Motorsports continues it’s dominance at Martinsville Speedway with Gordon claiming his 7th pole there, 65th all time. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have won 8 of the last 10 races at Martinsville, winning 4 each, while Jimmie has won the last three there, I think it’s Gordon’s turn to put his name on the trophy, as he has 7 total wins athe the short track. In fact, check out his overall stats, tops for this track:
Driver Starts Wins Top-5 Top-10

Jeff Gordon 30 7 18 24

Gordon toured the .526-mile short track in 19.666 seconds (96.288 mph) to claim the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Cool Orange 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. It was the 65th career pole for Gordon, who has won seven times at Martinsville, twice from the pole.

Denny Hamlin (95.757 mph) qualified second, followed by rookie Aric Almirola (95.733 mph), David Ragan (95.569 mph) and Jamie McMurray (95.492 mph). Almirola will make his second Cup start of the year Sunday, and McMurray had to make the race on speed, having dropped out of the top 35 in owner points.

Kasey Kahne, Ken Schrader, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson will start from positions six through 10. Johnson has won the last three races at Martinsville, and Johnson and Gordon together have won eight of the last 10 (four each). Source: Gordon wins his seventh career pole at Martinsville

Kyle Petty barely missed the race when he and Dario Franchitti ran the same time and Dario is ahead of Kyle in owner’s points.

Denny Hamlin has been running great there as well, but has been coming up short behind Jimmie and Jeff at the finish line. “”I’m usually the guy that runs right behind them,” said Hamlin, who finished third behind the Hendrick teammates last spring. “I think we’re maybe more prepared for those guys this year. Typically, when we come here, we know we can run top-three, and those two cars are the ones you have to beat.”

I think it will be a great race, as the short tracks always make for some great racing. My predictions for the top five:

1. Jeff Gordon (of course)
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr
4. Kyle Busch
5. Jimmie Johnson

Here is how they qualified:

1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 96.288 19.666 Leader
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 95.757 19.775 -0.109
3 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 95.733 19.780 -0.114
4 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 95.569 19.814 -0.148
5 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 95.492 19.830 -0.164
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 95.487 19.831 -0.165
7 49 Ken Schrader Toyota Microsoft Small Business 95.463 19.836 -0.170
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 95.347 19.860 -0.194
9 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 95.271 19.876 -0.210
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 95.213 19.888 -0.222
11 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 95.208 19.889 -0.223
12 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 95.208 19.889 -0.223
13 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 95.079 19.916 -0.250
14 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing 95.060 19.920 -0.254
15 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 95.036 19.925 -0.259
16 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 95.032 19.926 -0.260
17 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 94.951 19.943 -0.277
18 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 94.874 19.959 -0.293
19 16 Greg Biffle Ford Jackson Hewitt 94.870 19.960 -0.294
20 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 94.832 19.968 -0.302
21 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 94.832 19.968 -0.302
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 94.770 19.981 -0.315
23 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 94.713 19.993 -0.327
24 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 94.637 20.009 -0.343
25 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge McDonald’s 94.637 20.009 -0.343
26 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 94.637 20.009 -0.343
27 99 Carl Edwards Ford Claritin 94.600 20.017 -0.351
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 94.595 20.018 -0.352
29 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red 94.595 20.018 -0.352
30 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 94.562 20.025 -0.359
31 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation 94.543 20.029 -0.363
32 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 94.538 20.030 -0.364
33 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 94.486 20.041 -0.375
34 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 94.406 20.058 -0.392
35 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 94.369 20.066 -0.400
36 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 94.312 20.078 -0.412
37 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Charter Comm. 94.298 20.081 -0.415
38 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 94.139 20.115 -0.449
39 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 93.966 20.152 -0.486
40 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 93.664 20.217 -0.551
41 7 Robby Gordon+ Dodge Charter Comm. 93.641 20.222 -0.556
42 1 Martin Truex Jr.+ Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 93.627 20.225 -0.559
43 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Kennametal 94.078 20.128 -0.462

Did Not Qualify
44 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 94.078 20.128 -0.462
45 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports 93.507 20.251 -0.585
46 08 Tony Raines Dodge rhino’s energy drink 93.460 20.261 -0.595
47 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/ DenverMattress.com 93.230 20.311 -0.645

Feb 14 2008

How About Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Talk about a strong start for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and an even stronger start for Hendrick Motorsports, Dale wins the shootout and then wins the first Gatorade Duel race today, and Jimmie Johnson has the pole for the Daytona 500. I wonder if all those people who said they would not root for Dale Jr. because he went to Hendrick Motorsports are regretting that decision now? Probably not, I bet they are already back on the bandwagon.

Denny Hamlin wins the first race for Toyota; you just knew it would be a Gibbs car, I mean, what has Waltrip and his bunch done with a year under their belts? I especially liked his little comment about Jeff Gordon hanging back on the restart, but it was fine for him to go to the back and block and weave in front of his teammates competitors to help them get in the 500. I bet Michael gets on your nerves when he’s drunk.

With a push from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin won the second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race for Sunday’s Daytona 500 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event four laps beyond its posted distance. The victory for Toyota was the second for a foreign manufacturer in NASCAR’s top series. Jaguar driver Al Keller won a road-course race in Linden, N.J., in 1954.

In the first Duel 150, Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Ryan Newman for the lead on Lap 51 of 60 and held on for the win — his second in two races for Hendrick Motorsports.

But the story of Thursday was the success of three veteran drivers — Dale Jarrett, Kenny Wallace and John Andretti — who persevered to make the field. Source: Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin win qualifying races at Daytona

A total of ten cars changed engines before the duel races, including all four Hendrick cars, so I was not too excited about Gordon’s chances, but only Dave Blaney had engine trouble during the races. This will be the first time the Daytona 500 has been run without a car from the Wood Bros.

I did not know you could do this though:

“It’s too early to diagnose the problem,” said Busch, who gave up the owner points on his No. 2 Dodge to guarantee rookie teammate Sam Hornish Jr. starting spots in the first five races of 2008.

I wonder why you don’t hear about it happening more often on teams with the really good drivers who make every race on speed, but it is only for the first five races.

Gatorade Duel 1 Unofficial Results
Gatorade Duel 2 Unofficial Results

Here’s how they will start for the Daytona 500:

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 187.075 48.109 Leader
2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 186.734 48.197 -0.088
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard – - -
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express – - -
5 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target – - -
6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot – - -
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL – - -
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont – - -
9 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST – - -
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser – - -
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot – - -
12 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army – - -
13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker – - -
14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA – - -
15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline – - -
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil – - -
17 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com – - -
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M – - -
19 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 – - -
20 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS – - -
21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards – - -
22 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Makoto – - -
23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull – - -
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s – - -
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker – - -
26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam – - -
27 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters – - -
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT – - -
29 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet Principal Financial Group – - -
30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters – - -
31 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s – - -
32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com – - -
33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon – - -
34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar – - -
35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy – - -
36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility – - -
37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV – - -
38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 – - -
39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo – - -
40 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Dodge Journey – - -
41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing – - -
42 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine – - -
43 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite Champion’s Provisional

Did Not Qualify
44 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull – - -
45 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie – - -
46 49 Ken Schrader Dodge HealthLife.com – - -
47 160 Boris Said Ford 7-Eleven Slurpee / No Fear – - -
48 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline – - -
49 137 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty – - -
50 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming – - -
51 27 Jacques Villeneuve* Toyota Bill Davis Racing – - -
52 150 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet NOS Energy Drink / SKI / SBM – - -
53 08 Carl Long Dodge MILLSTAR Tools / Rhino’s Energy Drink

Feb 10 2008

Jeff Gordon Videos

Here are some of the latest published Jeff Gordon Videos.

Nov 10 2007

The King Says the Chase Would be Better with Different Drivers

I just finished reading this article on Nascar.com called Petty: ’07 Chase would be better with different duel where Richard Petty says this years Chase would be better if it were different drivers, since Johnson and Gordon are from the same organization, there is no one for the fans who don’t like Hendrick cars to root for. He said if it was Earnhardt Jr with one of them, or Bowyer still had a shot, they could root for them against the Hendrick driver.

“It’s not good for the sport, no,” Petty said. “It’s too cut-and-dried. You’ve got no [real] competition. You’ve got competition between two teams within the same team. That don’t get it done as far as the general public.

“If one of these drivers happened to be [Dale] Earnhardt [Jr.], it might be a little different. When you get Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, they’re the same. They’ve just got different names.”

But Petty, who is tied with the late Dale Earnhardt for the all-time lead with seven driving championships and owns a record 200 wins at the equivalent of the Cup level, said the closeness of the current Chase race isn’t compelling enough. He insisted that it is so because Johnson and Gordon have similar personalities and drive for the same owner, Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports, making it difficult for the average fan to get very excited. Source: Petty: ’07 Chase would be better with different duel

I guess it just depends on who you are. I am a Jeff Gordon fan, so if you ask me, the race is too damn close, especially considering that Gordon would be 400 points ahead when using the old points system. I think it has been very exciting, and I am certainly happy that Gordon has a shot to win his fifth championship, and, while I don’t hate Jimmie Johnson, I know plenty of Gordon fans who do, and plenty of them root for him to crash and have trouble every week, lol. He is probably right about Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans, etc, they have no one to root for, but I bet they still watch every week, just like they probably did when he won by 722 points in 1975. Okay, I know, 1975′s Nascar is a lot different than today’s, but I think you know what I mean.

I am sure the championship he won in 1979 was a lot more exciting because he only won it by 11 points, when compared to the 1975 championship, and under the old points system, Gordon would be winning by over 400 points, I think, compared to being behind by 30 points under the new system. The King does say at the end that there will always be cycles, one guy always winning or another and that there will be other people to challenge these two, because that’s life, just the way it is.

I wonder if he realizes that Gordon would be knocking on his door a lot sooner under the old system than today’s, as Jeff would’ve already locked up his sixth championship at last weeks race in Texas and would be looking for number seven next year…

Oct 16 2007

Jeff Gordon Wins His 6th of the Season in Charlotte

Gordon wins in Charlotte
Okay, I won’t talk about how I picked Jeff Gordon to win in Charlotte over and over, I mean, it’s no big stretch, Gordon is my driver, so who else am I going to pick, right? Anyway, just in case you missed, I picked Jeff Gordon to win in Charlotte. ;)

It certainly was another exciting ending, the rest of the race was pretty good too, multiple crashes, narrow misses, pissed drivers, the whole nine yards you would expect from a Nascar race. Gordon extended his points lead to 68 over Johnson, hopefully he can extend it even farther this week in Martinsville, one of his favorite tracks, I believe he has 7 wins there, and many top 10′s. Gordon and the #24 team were just hoping to finish the race Saturday night, as he had finished 24th or lower in 6 of his last 7 starts. Jeff started out very well on Charlotte Motor speedway, getting his first career win and notching three wore up until the last few years, now, hopefully, he has turned his racing at Charlotte around.

If all that wasn’t enough, Gordon’s Chevrolet developed a pickup problem that had Gordon afraid he was running out of fuel as the race headed to a two-lap overtime shootout following Newman’s spin (watch video).

“I can’t tell you how many times we tried to give this one away,” Gordon said. “Jimmie Johnson, I’m not sure what happened to him. He had the field covered. But when I saw he had problems, I thought it was an opportunity for us.”

Gordon capitalized after Johnson’s spin to move into the lead (watch video). He passed Busch with 50 laps to go and was running away with the race until a late caution brought out the red flag and forced team owner Rick Hendrick to lecture both his drivers on the importance of not wrecking each other. Source: Gordon closer to fifth title with sixth win on season

I thought it was interesting that Rick Hendrick talked to both of his drivers, telling them to be smart and not wreck each other, but, I guess he does it in every situation that is similar to this one, with two or more of his drivers racing for the lead. I noticed Gordon didn’t say anything when Rick talked to him, or at least I didn’t hear him reply. Kyle could’ve easily taken Jeff out when his car stalled because of the gas pickup problem, but he went low and didn’t run into him, while Jeff was just waiting for it too happen figuring that he would be able to keep from hitting him when he stalled. That’s when Newman flew by them both to take the lead, but, soon spun out, and Jeff walked the dog the rest of the way.

Tony Stewart had another mishap with Paul Menard in the pits, and this time he hit Kasey Kahne as well, a terrible pit stop for the #20 team. I get the feeling in the future that Menard will hit the wall a couple times, and it won’t be Tony’s fault of course. He wasn’t too happy about it, complaining that the 31 drivers that are not in the Chase can certainly dictate the outcome.

There’s also a nice writeup of how this is Jeff Gordon’s year, no, they aren’t saying he has this thing locked up, it’s his year because he is happily married, just had his first kid and is having as good of a year as the last time he won the Championship. Rick Hendrick says Gordon has always drove the wheels of the 24 car, and is racing great now because he’s happy, in the past when they didn’t do as well was the teams fault for not being prepared as well, and not giving him as good of equipment as he needed, check it out, Weekend That Was: Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Here are some of the videos that have already been posted from Charlotte race, and this will update as more are added.

Here is how they finished:

1 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 190/5 337 Running 268,236
2 25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 175/5 337 Running 202,450
3 13 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 170/5 337 Running 153,300
4 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 160/0 337 Running 157,341
5 18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 155/0 337 Running 127,800
6 34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar /
CatUsed.com 155/5 337 Running 132,208
7 29 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 146/0 337 Running 135,111
8 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Mopar / Dodge Dealers / UAW 142/0 337 Running 136,616
9 28 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 138/0 337 Running 83,800
10 19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 134/0 337 Running 95,733
11 33 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 130/0 337 Running 112,083
12 3 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Racing / Pink for the Cure 127/0 337 Running 117,461
13 39 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 124/0 337 Running 104,233
14 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 131/10 337 Running 167,586
15 30 84 A.J. Allmendinger * Toyota Red Bull 118/0 337 Running 69,250
16 12 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 115/0 337 Running 84,550
17 32 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 112/0 337 Running 96,645
18 42 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Tire Kingdom 114/5 337 Running 84,558
19 22 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 106/0 337 Running 111,058
20 11 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 103/0 337 Running 87,200
21 9 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 100/0 336 Running 83,025
22 17 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Rain-X / Menards 97/0 336 Running 68,350
23 23 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 94/0 336 Running 67,950
24 6 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 96/5 336 Running 80,750
25 21 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s / Susan G Komen for the Cure 88/0 335 Running 94,989
26 8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 90/5 335 Running 102,383
27 10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 82/0 334 Running 82,350
28 1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 84/5 333 Accident 122,775
29 20 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Dominos.com 76/0 333 Running 77,808
30 26 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Fujifilm 73/0 333 Running 83,972
31 41 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 70/0 331 Running 73,525
32 37 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy / Garmin 67/0 330 Running 70,525
33 24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 64/0 330 Running 112,086
34 7 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt for Women 66/5 282 Accident 115,516
35 35 21 Bill Elliott Ford Ore-Ida Extra Crispy / Heinz 58/0 282 Running 81,339
36 14 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 55/0 278 Accident 69,950
37 36 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 52/0 273 Accident 96,400
38 40 7 Robby Gordon Ford Motorola Digital Audio Players 54/5 270 Running 61,700
39 38 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 46/0 253 Vibration 61,575
40 31 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA 43/0 231 Running 97,275
41 16 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 40/0 228 Running 79,650
42 43 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 37/0 205 Accident 61,180
43 15 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 34/0 83 Engine 61,343

Oct 07 2007

Jeff Gordon Shows He Knows How to Race at Talladega

Jeff Gordon wins again at Talladega
Wow, what a race, well, at least the end of it was really good, it was kind of weird with a bunch of the better drivers hanging out in the back most of the day, but, I guess it worked out for Gordon and Johnson anyway, probably a good strategy for this time of the year. I kept wondering when they were going to go to the front, and they finally mentioned it around lap 66 that they were going in about 15 laps, and that is when it started to get interesting.

Here is how the 12 Chase drivers stand in the points, this chart from Nascar says Gordon is 9 points ahead, while the race said 4, so, they may have forgotten to add the five points for leading that last lap.

1 +1 Jeff Gordon 5690 Leader
2 -1 Jimmie Johnson 5681 -9
3 — Clint Bowyer 5627 -63
4 — Tony Stewart 5536 -154
5 +2 Carl Edwards 5490 -200
6 -1 Kevin Harvick 5488 -202
7 +2 Kurt Busch 5480 -210
8 -2 Kyle Busch 5430 -260
9 +3 Denny Hamlin 5423 -267
10 -2 Martin Truex Jr. 5390 -300
11 — Matt Kenseth 5377 -313
12 -2 Jeff Burton 5359 -331

You had the Penske cars already hooked up, Tony Stewart who had been flirting around with the lead all day, and three of the Hendrick cars coming, I guess Kyle was right when he said he wouldn’t help any of his teammates for the rest of the year, he didn’t hang out in the back like they did, and was taken out when Bobby Labonte lost it, which was a pretty weird wreck, even he didn’t know what happened when they interviewed him. Tony was in the lead when the Hendrick cars made it to the front, and he was diving back and forth to stay in front of the fastest line, but when he dove in front of the Penske cars again, they hung him out and took the line with them. He, of course, didn’t take too long to get back, and was riding behind Casey Mears on one of the restarts, Casey was blocking him, so Tony faked right and when Casey went to block him, he stuck his nose in underneath him to hang Casey out and take the spot, a move he put on Juan Montoya as well.

Tony ended up making a third line and when Gordon pulled out on the last lap, Johnson went to block him, but he went up in front of Stewart, who shoved him past Johnson, and no one could catch Gordon before he crossed the finish line. Stewart got hung out right before the finish line and instead of coming in third or fourth, he ended up in 8th position, so I’m sure he was a little aggravated.

Just a short note to remind ESPN and Nascar.com that they both still suck, ESPN did not interview anyone except Jeff Gordon after the race, half the fun is seeing who is mad, who is happy, etc, after the race, it gives you a good inside the race feeling when you know how the drivers feel about a situation or the end of the race. And Nascar.com, I don’t know how many times I have gone to that site to check the race, if it is rain delayed or something and I am at work, and it has crashed all of my browser windows, so I don’t even touch it anymore while the race is going on for fear of loosing something I need. Today, I went to get the list below of how they finished unofficially and it closed every browser window that I had open, including the FIRST time I was writing this post. Of course it was trying to open one of those dynamic windows, real time stats, etc that they have, the static pages on their site are usually okay, it’s those dynamic ones that get me every time. Fix it dammit.

Here is how they finished:
1 34 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont 190/5 188 Running
2 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 175/5 188 Running
3 2 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 170/5 188 Running
4 18 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Ground 165/5 188 Running
5 16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 160/5 188 Running
6 29 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 155/5 188 Running
7 41 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 151/5 188 Running
8 11 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 147/5 188 Running
9 14 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 143/5 188 Running
10 28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 139/5 188 Running
11 23 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 135/5 188 Running
12 39 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Radioactive Energy Drink 132/5 188 Running
13 32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Garmin / Best Buy 129/5 188 Running
14 31 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 126/5 188 Running
15 22 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 123/5 188 Running
16 9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 120/5 188 Running
17 33 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light 117/5 188 Running
18 17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 114/5 188 Running
19 15 88 Mike Wallace Ford M&M’s Halloween 111/5 188 Running
20 37 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 108/5 188 Running
21 6 127 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota UNICEF 105/5 188 Running
22 5 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 102/5 179 Off Track
23 20 16 Greg Biffle Ford Starz / Dish Network 99/5 176 Off Track
24 10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 96/5 175 Off Track
25 1 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 93/5 175 Off Track
26 25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 90/5 171 Running
27 27 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s Halloween 87/5 167 Running
28 12 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 84/5 161 Out of Race
29 24 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World
/ RVs.com 81/5 161 Off Track
30 38 01 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 78/5 156 Out of Race
31 40 21 Ken Schrader Ford Motorcraft 75/5 152 Out of Race
32 4 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 72/5 149 Running
33 7 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 69/5 149 Running
34 42 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Travel 66/5 146 Off Track
35 8 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Pillsbury Food Service / Cheerios 63/5 144 Out of Race
36 36 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 60/5 144 Out of Race
37 35 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Vise-Grip GrooveLocks 57/5 144 Out of Race
38 30 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet PEAK / Menards 54/5 144 Out of Race
39 3 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 51/5 144 Out of Race
40 26 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 48/5 136 Out of Race
41 43 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 45/5 136 Out of Race
42 13 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 42/5 113 Out of Race
43 21 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 39/5 91 Out of Race

Sep 13 2007

I Hate Jeff Gordon Video

This is one of the best Nascar commercials for a video game that I have seen in awhile. I have been wanting my Uncle to see it, but they hardly ever show it, but here it is.

And here is the companion video, I Love Jeff Gordon.

Aug 17 2007

Jeff Gordon Claims Pole in Michigan

Jeff Gordon qualified last in Michigan today and made the best of it, with a top speed of 189.026 and a time of 38.090. This is his ninth pole of the season, three of which were rain outs, he has an average finish here of 10th, has won twice and has 15 top fives. Another good stat, this season he hasn’t finished worse than 9th, one time, and the rest are top fives with two wins, Phoenix and Talladega. Would be a nice time to get another 10 bonus points, but, in the end, I don’t think it will matter, Tony and Johnson will both come strong, but Gordon has been stronger all year long.

Gordon had to wait a little more than two hours after drawing the last spot in the qualifying line. But the current Nextel Cup points leader said that waiting — as frustrating as it can be — can also be an advantage.

“The biggest thing is you get the opportunity to watch everybody, listen to what they have to say on their radios and talk with your teammates to find out what they think about their qualifying runs,” he explained. “I knew I had to pick up about six-tenths [of a second] from what we ran in practice and I could hardly believe we got it.

“We’ve had a few surprises this year in qualifying, but this is probably the biggest.”

Asked if having Letarte back made the difference, Gordon said, “I think that Steve just brings a little something special. He’s the guy who’s gotten us into the situation, leading the points, winning four races and qualified for the Chase.” Source: Gordon saves the last for best, takes Michigan pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 189.026 38.090 Leader
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 188.684 38.159 -0.069
3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.516 38.193 -0.103
4 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 188.132 38.271 -0.181
5 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.024 38.293 -0.203
6 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 187.882 38.322 -0.232
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 187.877 38.323 -0.233
8 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 187.373 38.426 -0.336
9 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.344 38.432 -0.342
10 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 187.246 38.452 -0.362
11 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 187.042 38.494 -0.404
12 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Dominos.com 186.848 38.534 -0.444
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 186.780 38.548 -0.458
14 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 186.746 38.555 -0.465
15 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 186.577 38.590 -0.500
16 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 186.446 38.617 -0.527
17 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 186.393 38.628 -0.538
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 186.239 38.660 -0.570
19 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 186.225 38.663 -0.573
20 40 David Stremme Dodge TUMS 186.215 38.665 -0.575
21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 186.181 38.672 -0.582
22 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 186.167 38.675 -0.585
23 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 186.124 38.684 -0.594
24 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 185.946 38.721 -0.631
25 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 185.888 38.733 -0.643
26 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 185.807 38.750 -0.660
27 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 185.591 38.795 -0.705
28 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 185.428 38.829 -0.739
29 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 185.428 38.829 -0.739
30 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 185.366 38.842 -0.752
31 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 185.338 38.848 -0.758
32 208 Joe Nemechek Dodge E&M Motorsports 185.319 38.852 -0.762
33 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 185.061 38.906 -0.816
34 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 184.947 38.930 -0.840
35 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 184.800 38.961 -0.871
36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 184.791 38.963 -0.873
37 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 184.611 39.001 -0.911
38 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 184.450 39.035 -0.945
39 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 184.421 39.041 -0.951
40 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 184.327 39.061 -0.971
41 70 Johnny Sauter+ Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 183.641 39.207 -1.117
42 45 Chad McCumbee+ Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 180.582 39.871 -1.781
43 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper – Valvoline 184.672 38.988 -0.898

Did Not Qualify

44 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 184.398 39.046 -0.956
45 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 184.063 39.117 -1.027
46 78 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 183.744 39.185 -1.095
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 183.580 39.220 -1.130
48 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 183.248 39.291 -1.201

Dale Jarret not making it kind of surprises me, he usually runs well here, I guess the big difference for him is the Toyota, but that has been the case all year long. He has won here four times, with 15 top fives and 20 top tens.

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