Is Jeff Gordon trying to grab his crown back? Or has the four-time champion giving up? Jeff Gordon has a 99 percent chance of making the Chase this season because of points. But last season Jeff Gordon wasn’t careful and Ryan Newman got in the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship, making Jeff Gordon missing out. If Jeff Gordon doesn’t make the Chase this season, it will be a massive disappointment, on top of the currently disappointing fact he hasn’t even won a race yet in his last season in NASCAR. How do you feel about this? Leave your comments down below…
When Jeff Gordon announced 2015 would be his final season behind the wheel of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, many expected the veteran driver to win multiple races and contend for the title.
However, things have not gone as planned for the four-time champion. Wrecks, mechanical failures and mistakes both behind the wheel and on pit road have led to just three top-five finishes.
Heading into his final road-course event Sunday at Watkins Glen International, Gordon was hoping to score his 10th career road-course win and fifth at The Glen. Leading final practice and qualifying fifth, the outlook seemed bright for Gordon and the No. 24 team going into the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.
Yet from the drop of the green flag, Gordon struggled with the handling of the car and urged crew chief Alan Gustafson to make wholesale changes. Pitting for the first time on Lap 23 from the eighth spot, the team took a big swing and adjusted the car with four rounds of wedge, but the problems were far from over.
When the first caution of the day flew on Lap 25, Gordon brought his car back to pit road for an extensive stop as the team diagnosed an issue with the brakes. An issue with the brake line was causing the car to lose brake fluid on the track, sending the team scrambling for repairs.
Sitting on pit road, Gordon lost four laps and fell to 43rd on the leaderboard as the team replaced the brake line under the car.
Gordon could do little to make up the four-lap deficit, but was able to take advantage of issues for teammate Kasey Kahne and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Tony Stewart to ultimately jump two spots and finish 41st.
“It’s disappointing, but right now I just feel like we can’t afford to have these kinds of finishes if we’re going to make the Chase,” a disappointed Gordon said after the race. “Just when you think you get something that’s going to go your way, then you get something like this happens. We’re going to keep fighting and digging and try to get the finishes we need to get ourselves solidly in there.”