Gordon comments on Johnson having shot at seventh title

October 31, 2016

Jimmie Johnson’s victory Sunday in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 punched the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s ticket to the Round of 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Under the Chase format adopted in 2014, this will be the first time Johnson will be one of four drivers eligible for the Sprint Cup championship in November.

Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson’s teammate and co-owner of his car, gave his take on Johnson winning and advancing.

“When things are on the line and things matter most, Jimmie and that team know how to step it up to another level,” Gordon said. “They showed that today. He'll be showing that again in Homestead. I was back there in sixth or seventh place just watching him go after [Denny Hamlin]. That was just phenomenal driving and racing. Then he just drove away.”

A seventh title in the Sprint Cup Series would tie Jimmie Johnson with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.

“Well seven is a number to a lot of people, but to me he is already one of the all-time great,” Gordon said. “That number might just solidify that in the history books and maybe for some others. Maybe it might be special to him personally.”

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