Gordon riding longest top-ten
streak in six seasons
Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR
Jeff Gordon turns laps at Richmond International Raceway Sunday.
An eighth place finish in Sunday’s Toyota Owner’s 400 at Richmond International Raceway marked Jeff Gordon’s sixth consecutive race of finishing inside the top-ten.
The six-race streak is the currently the longest in the Sprint Cup Series and is Gordon’s longest since a streak of the same length early in the 2009 season.
Gordon, who ran as high as second, also collected his sixth consecutive lead lap finish.
“It was a good day, we started off the race pretty decent,” he said. “I felt like we just needed a couple of adjustments. We made some adjustments and the car just flip flopped on us. We just had a lot of inconsistency trying to figure out the tires.
“You make an adjustment and the tires go a different way. That second to last run we were really awesome. Got the car back kind of to where we started the race and we were flying up through there and got in the top 10.”
The result was also Gordon’s fourth straight Richmond race placing inside the top-ten.
Gordon credited his team on pit road and commented on the final restart of the race.
“Had great pit stops on pit road all day, got ourselves into the fifth position there and then that restart was kind of crazy,” Gordon said. “Kurt [Busch] didn’t really go and Joey [Logano] got a good run and got inside of me and put us on the outside. I don’t know we weren’t as good on that last run, but still a really solid eighth place finish.”
Gordon will enter next Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway tenth in driver points, 33 points ahead of the Chase for the Sprint Cup cutoff.
NOTE: Gordon finished inside the top-ten six consecutive times in 2009 with the streak starting with a runner-up finish at Auto Club Speedway in February and ending with a win at Texas Motor Speedway in April.