Home-track advantage for
Jeff Gordon this weekend?
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Jeff Gordon's 2014 car. Gordon has led been the points leader in 12 out of the last 13 races.
By Kenneth Ferguson
July 25, 2014
For 42-year-old Jeff Gordon, this week’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway may feel like a homecoming for the 21-year veteran.
“I sort of am an adopted Hoosier,” Gordon said to the media last week. “I didn't grow up there but I went to high school there, and Indiana was very significant to me in my career because of how much racing I got to do there at a young age.”
Although California will always be Gordon’s home, the driver feels welcomed in the Hoosier State, especially by race fans.
“It’s amazing how the Indiana fans have treated me over the years,” Gordon said. “When I go to Indianapolis, I get obviously a bigger round of applause or whatever the area are cheering or clapping.
“It's louder there than it is anywhere else that we go, and that speaks volumes about my connection with Indiana and the way the fans treat me there. It's unlike any other place that I go, and I love it.”
The four-time champion won the inaugural Brickyard 400 20 years ago, in 1994, and in the time since, has three more wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Jeff Gordon turns laps at Phoenix International Speedway. Gordon has finished in the top-ten 13 times in 19 races in 2014.
“I think Indianapolis is a track we can really shine,” Gordon said. “I feel really, really good about these next couple races.”
Gordon’s performance at Indianapolis is arguably consistent, with 11 top-five, 16 top-10 finishes and three poles in 20 races. Six of those top-ten finishes have come in the last seven races at IMS.
Gordon currently sits first in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points this season and has one win so far. With seven races left in this year’s regular season, Gordon could all but lock himself into the NASCAR playoffs—more so then he already is—with a win at what could be argued is his best on the circuit.
Regardless of where Gordon qualifies and starts this race, it is arguable he will be factor in the race.