It’s a shot across the bow of any race fan that thought that Jeff Gordon had lost his edge coming into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Gordon captured his third win of the season this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The move not only secured his place in the Sprint Cup Chase but it may have also secured his place on the list of legendary stock car drivers!
Does this mean that Jeff Gordon has gotten his Mojo Back? Well, that’s a hard one because unless you are a fan of the Austin Powers movies you may not know what Mojo even is. For the sake of this article “Mojo” is used in the same sense of the word “drive.” And, it’s apparent that Gordon has rekindled his drive for success.
The win at Michigan gives Gordon and the No. 24 team some incredible numbers over the course of his career. He has 91 wins after Michigan and he could still rack up some more. He also has 314 top five finishes and 447 top ten finishes. And if you’re counting Gordon has been the Sprint Cup Champion four times.
Credit to the Crew
Gordon agrees with some of his doubters over the last several seasons that he was not running at his best. Many remember the success he had shortly after he broke into the top level of NASCAR in 1992. That season he only ran one race but the following year he went full time. His first win in the series came in 1994 when he won twice.
The following year in 1995 he racked up seven checkered flags. The three seasons after that his wins every season were in the double digits. Then things started to trail off win it came to wins. Several things happened over the years. Gordon was married, divorced, remarried, and had children. Members of his family passed away and his team members came and went.
Now that things seem to be clicking again with the popular driver he says that whatever is going on is something that he’s not trying to put his finger on. Instead he gives credit to his team, his cars, and more. That was evident with his call-out to his crew when he crossed the finish line.
"So proud of you guys, way to go. What a season, we're having," Gordon radioed his crew.
The Chase Race Winners So Far
The win makes Gordon a solid contender for the Sprint Cup Championship this season. Following Michigan the driver is in some pretty good company. To begin with he has recaptured the top of the leader board. He also joins Jimmy Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski as being three time winners on the season.
Following close behind with two times on the season are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Carl Edwards. A handful of drivers have single wins on the season. They are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, AJ Allmandinger, and Kurt Busch.
Gordon may have recaptured his NASCAR Mojo but don't count out any of the drivers named above or any others that could win in the upcoming races.