Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson Have At It

April 26, 2010 by · 50 Comments
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Gordon’s New Enemy May be the Best Thing to Happen to Him

Jeff Gordon once had a pretty tough driver racing against him to keep him on his toes and make him race his best. That driver wasn’t afraid to bang on Gordon’s bumper, question his manhood and hang nicknames on him like WonderBoy.

That driver was Dale Earnhardt.

Dale would intimidate Gordon and keep him on his toes. Dale Earnhardt made Jeff Gordon a better driver.

It should come as no surprise that Jeff Gordon hasn’t won a championship since 2001.

But now Gordon has a new enemy. Jimmie Johnson. Gordon and Johnson are taking NASCAR’s suggestion to “have at it, boys” to heart.

As Jeff Gordon was passing the No. 48 at Talladega Sunday Johnson moved Gordon out of the racing groove and Gordon fell through the field like a rock. Before he could regain his momentum Gordon was involved in a wreck.

“I can tell you the 48 is testing my patience. It takes a lot to make me mad and I am pissed right now.” ~ Jeff Gordon

“I can tell you the 48 is testing my patience. It takes a lot to make me mad and I am pissed right now.”

“He’s been testing my patience and it’s about reached its boiling point.”

“I was coming 10 mph faster than anybody. I don’t know what it is with me and him right now, but whatever,” Gordon said.

Last week at Texas Gordon moved Johnson out of the way in a pass for the lead. Johnson retaliated by slamming into the door of Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet.

“Four time’s a little upset,” Gordon said sarcastically. “He just wants to be treated different than everybody else.”

Jeff Gordon has finally had enough of Jimmie Johnson. And it doesn’t matter that Johnson is his teammate, or that Gordon owns an interest in the No. 48 car, or that Gordon helped Johnson get a ride at Hendrick Motorsports.

Gordon and Johnson are not friends any longer. They are going out for beer and pizza any time soon. Don’t look for Jimmie Johnson to hitch a ride on Jeff Gordon’s jet for the next race.

Jeff Gordon is really fired up over Jimmie Johnson winning all the races and championships. Gordon wants his share.

Jeff, what took you so long? Do you think Jimmie Johnson will get the message?

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Pit Strategy Costs Gordon

March 1, 2010 by · 12 Comments
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Jeff Gordon Hands Victory to Jimmie Johnson

 

Jeff Gordon was pretty upbeat following Sunday’s Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – despite the fact that a late race pit call cost him the win.

“It was a great day for us, dominating performance. The car was awesome, everything was good,” said Gordon. “The fact that we lost the race, now Chad looks like a genius.”

Can he really be all that thrilled after leading 219 laps?

Gordon’s crew chief cost him the race. Why did Steve LeTarte call for only 2 tires?

Gordon proved that he could drive to the lead over and over Sunday. When he overshot his pit stall and had to re-start in traffic he quickly regained the lead.

Maybe Gordon and LeTarte thought Jimmie Johnson was on a 2 tire strategy as well, but Johnson ended up taking 4 tires.

“I had no doubt in my mind we could hold him off with four tires,” said Gordon. That makes it even more puzzling as to why he only took 2 and virtually handed the race to Johnson.

“We’ll just come back this week and take the trophy again.” ~ Jimmie Johnson

“Between the two cars, the 48 and the 24, whoever got out front at the end of that race was going to win the race if you had equal tires. I mean, we were very, very equal. They were better at certain stages of the run, but he couldn’t pass me,” said Gordon.

I don’t know if there was any communication between the 24 and 48 teams, but the 4 fresh tires are what won Johnson the race.

“You got to give ‘em credit where credit’s due. They’re very strong, a very good team,” said Jeff Gordon of the No. 48 team.

Chad Knaus just plain out-strategized Steve LeTarte on pit road.

“It came down to pit stops,” said Jimmie Johnson.

So what are Jimmie’s plans for the next race? “We’ll just come back this week and take the trophy again,” said Johnson.

So do we even need to have a race in Atlanta Sunday, or do we need to just write Jimmie Johnson’s name in the record book?

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Montoya Racing Gordon too Hard?

October 26, 2009 by · 56 Comments
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Was Jeff Gordon Being Raced Too Hard?

I’m always puzzled when a race car driver complains that another driver is racing him too hard.

Juan Pablo Montoya was faster than Jeff Gordon at one point in Sunday’s race – but Gordon didn’t want to give up the position. Gordon certainly didn’t owe it to Montoya to move out of the way. But Montoya didn’t do anything wrong when he knocked on Gordon’s bumper either.

After a few bumps Montoya got to the inside of Gordon and the two traded some more paint side by side. By that time Montoya had nowhere to go but into the side of Gordon. The 42 of Montoya was all the way down against the yellow curb. Montoya was literally squeezed as far as he could go and Gordon refused to give him racing room even though Montoya already had the position alongside Gordon.

Montoya didn’t do anything wrong. He didn’t wreck him. He didn’t spin him. He simply moved a slower car that refused to move on its own.

Gordon flatly told his crew chief he was extremely angry with Montoya.  But he had nothing to be upset about. What happened was just racing. Typical hard short track racing.

It’s a move that Gordon himself has used many times before. But when it happens to him then he is quick to claim someone is racing him too hard – or not racing him the right way.

Jeff Gordon has no room to complain on this one.

Next 3 Wins Big for Jeff Gordon

April 8, 2009 by · 22 Comments
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Next 3 Wins are Monumental for Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon has already passed Dale Earnhardt on NASCAR’s All Time Win List.

If Gordon wins 3 more NASCAR Sprint Cup races they will be the biggest wins of his career.

6th on All Time List

Right now Jeff Gordon has 82 wins in his NASCAR Cup career putting him at sixth on the NASCAR winner’s list for all time.

With one more victory Gordon would tie Cale Yarborough for fifth place on that list.

With two more victories Gordon would surpass Yarborough and move into a 3 way tie for third place with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.

This record is not without controversy though. Bobby Allison claims he has 85 victories, but the Official NASCAR record shows him with 84.

With three more victories Gordon would surpass Allison and Waltrip to stand alone behind Richard Petty and David Pearson as the third most winning driver in NASCAR history.

Richard Petty has 200 wins. David Pearson has 105. Jeff Gordon will never win 200 races, but David Pearson’s record of 105 is not out of reach if Gordon wants it bad enough.

Can Jeff Gordon Win That Many More Times?

Jeff Gordon would need 24 more victories to pass David Pearson. If he races for 7 more years and wins 3 to 4 races a year he can get there. But will Gordon race that long, and can he continue to win?

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Jeff Gordon Wins Texas

April 5, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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Jeff Gordon Finally Victorious at Texas

Jeff Gordon broke a 47 race winless streak Sunday by winning the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

“This is the best place we possibly could have won, because it’s eluded us for so long,” said Gordon. Until today Gordon was also winless at Texas. There is only one track remaining that Gordon has never won at – Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway.

The win puts Gordon at No. 6 on NASCAR’s all time win list.

“It feels like the very first time I’ve ever won.  It’s been a long streak,” said Gordon.

Kyle Roughs Up Junior

Jeff Gordon was trailing leader Dale Earnhardt Jr when the race was restarted on lap 259 with 75 to go. Kyle Busch was 2 laps down when he got lose and sent Earnhardt up the racetrack and allowed Gordon to pass Junior.

“He was pretty desperate at that point. Junior got shoved up. I thought we were going to have a heck of a wreck.”

“I saw Kyle go three wide in Turn 1 and make a gutsy move.  He was pretty desperate at that point, said Gordon. “So Junior got shoved up there and just took him a while to recover. It was a big moment that I thought we were going to have a heck of a wreck.”

LeTarte’s Job Safe

Last year Jeff Gordon’s fans were calling for crew chief Steve LeTarte’s replacement. Now that Gordon and LeTarte are leading the points and have won a race LeTarte’s job looks pretty secure. “That’s why you work seven days a week all winter,” said Steve LeTarte. The first 300 laps are fun but there’s nothing like the last pit stop or last adjustment. That’s why I race.”

Gordon was asked what it was like to finally drive to Victory Lane at Texas.”It was the coolest, Jeff Gordon said with a smile.  “I’m telling you, it’s like winning for the very first time.  All those emotions and excitement.”

Jeff Gordon’s core fans are happy to see him back in Victory Lane. This win was a long time coming. What do you think about that race and Gordon’s win?

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