2014 Season Review:
No. 6 Jeff Gordon

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Jeff Gordon (right) races against Kevin Harvick at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


 



By Dominic Aragon
Editor
December 22, 2014
theracingexperts@aol.com

 

With an overall sixth place finish in points, Jeff Gordon’s 2014 season featured four wins and resurgence statistically for the 43-year-old driver.

Gordon became the ninth different winner of 2014 with his win at Kansas in May, ensuring his tenth Chase berth in 11 seasons.

Gordon won at Kansas, Indianapolis, Michigan and Dover, ending dry spell streaks at the various tracks.


In the Chase, Gordon advanced through the first two rounds, shaping up a possible run for his fifth series title. Yet, Gordon, who finished second in three Chase races, including twice in the Eliminator Round, missed advancing to the final round of the playoffs by one point at Phoenix International Raceway.

“I really thought second would get it done, but obviously it didn't,” Gordon said of his runner-up finish at Phoenix International Raceway. “We did everything that we could, other than have a faster race car than Kevin. That was near impossible.

“But yeah, it's disappointing. It makes [Texas] that much even tougher to swallow, but that's all right, we put in a great effort at Martinsville, great effort here, and it just wasn't enough.”

Despite not advancing to the Championship Round, Gordon still applauded the new Chase format.



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Jeff Gordon

“I think it's incredibly intense,” he said. “This is the most interest we've had in this sport in a long time, so obviously it's been good.”

Posting 14 top-five finishes and 23 top-ten finishes, the finishes were the most for Gordon since 2009. Gordon’s average finish of 10.4 was also the driver’s best since 2009.

With three pole positions earned in 2014, the amount was the highest for the four-time champion since 2008. Gordon has earned at least one pole position in each of his full-time seasons. A 22-year streak, the mark is a NASCAR record.



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Jeff Gordon crosses the line victorious at Dover International Speedway.

Gordon led 1,083 laps in 26 events this season, leading at least 1,000 laps in a season for the tenth time in his career and first time since 2007. Gordon’s four wins were also the highest for the driver since 2007.

Averaging a starting position of 9.0 this season, the mark was Gordon’s best since 2003.


And arguably the most impressive, Gordon completed every race without a DNF in 2014, the first time in Gordon’s career he ran at the finish in every race. 


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