Long winless streaks are gut wrenching for drivers and fans. How many times in recent history has the Wonder Boy had a winning car, or a solid race, only to watch it get away? You think things like- who’s going to bring out the caution? Heck, there was 17 in the race. Or you start thinking about lapped traffic, flat tires, blown engines or any other assortment of calamities. Remember when Dale Earnhardt hit a seagull in the Daytona 500?
Martinsville turned out to be an entirely different breed of cat than anyone expected. Mr. Martinsville- Jimmie Johnson- ran well, but was really not much of a factor down the stretch. Matt Kenseth’s deficit in points was supposed to grow, but instead of trailing by four, Kenseth is now tied with Five Time for the points lead, just having missed a maximum points day, if he could have hung on for the win.
So far in the chase, we’ve seen Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, and Kevin Harvick have runs that made you believe they were getting into the mix, only to fade away. Harvick’s still in it, statistically speaking, but he may not have done himself any favors with his comments following the truck race Saturday about his soon-to-be-former bosses’ grandsons. So one must wonder if Gordon can duplicate this most recent performance at Texas.
What separates Gordon from some of the other aforementioned contenders, is he’s done this. It’s been a long, long time since Gordon was involved in a really serious conversation about contending for the championship. He may be late to the 2013 party, but he is there, and he has the ability to stay there.