NASCAR Sprint Cup series Driver Jeff Gordon admits that any points cushion heading into Talladega Superspeedway is a good thing! Following the race at Charlotte the weekend of racing in Alabama should be anything but boring. So, if you're heading to Talladega this weekend for the running of the Geico 500 then you should be in for some fun!
It's the perfect set-up when it comes to a racing story line. The race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended with post race fights and cars ramming into each other on pit lane. Yes, it was certainly dangerous, but it was also an instant reason for fans to get fired up about the next race on the schedule. The "next race" could have been anywhere and fans would be excited.
But the luck of the schedule has the track known as 'Dega next up! And according to Jeff Gordon the racing in Alabama is something they'll have to deal with. He's glad the team has a bit of a point cushion to work with.
“Nobody wants to deal with Talladega," Gordon said following the race at Charlotte. "We’d all love to take that weekend off. We have a little bit of a cushion but not nearly enough."
Gordon is surely not the only driver looking towards Sunday's race with a weary eye. Several drivers that may still be angry from last week will be in the mix. The event will feature a group of drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., in an almost must win to move on situation.
Don't forget about incredible speeds and plenty of dented sheet metal with the occasional upside down car. That's also known as "The Big One." It's all coming together for an exciting race... for fans that is.
Jeff Gordon Feels it!
Jeff Gordon is not one of the four drivers facing elimination following Talladega. A huge wreck could change everything for all of the Chase contenders. That's where having a cushion of points come's into play.
Gordon needs a clean finish on the lead lap, hopefully near the front, to move forward. However; any driver can be caught up in the big wreck or get shuffled to the back in a hurry in a matter of seconds. Gordon says if it's meant to be at Talladega then "it's meant to be."
“We’re going to have to race Talladega,” Gordon said. “I don’t like leaving things to chance at Talladega, but if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be.”
Talladega Superspeedway is not a track where a driver with a beef from a week ago can play games. The high speeds and dangerous conditions won't allow for bumping and running or turning a car around on purpose. That kind of stuff happens at small tracks.
The paybacks from last week may come in the form of a simple failure to draft with somebody you're angry with. Perhaps a driver might take up more space than normal or push another car to the front. There are plenty of ways to toss a wrench into a drivers day without ever touching sheet metal.