April 25, 2014 — official release — LAT Photographic photo — RICHMOND, VA — Jeff Gordon owns the points lead. That gets him some pretty sweet perks.
Among them: Recognition, a primo hauler spot in the garage, and a guaranteed spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup if he holds it after race No. 26.
Regardless of win count, the points leader will earn a berth in this year’s Chase under the new rules. But, it’s a tenuous position for Gordon. A bad day could swipe the points lead away in a heartbeat.
A victory would put the 88-time winner in a much more comfortable spot. You have to believe it’s coming sooner than later.
Gordon’s season thus far has been defined by near-visits to Victory Lane. He opened the season with four consecutive top-10 finishes. His last two finishes were second (Texas) and seventh (Darlington). And he’s eclipsed the 100 points driver rating figure in six of the eight races this season.
But no wins heading into the third short-track race of the season…
A 16-time winner at short tracks, Gordon has two career wins at Richmond, and has finished in the top 10 in two of the last three Richmond races. Though his last victory at the Virginia short track came in 2000, he did have a streak of seven consecutive races with top 10s from 2007-10.
Can Gordon break the slump and score career win No. 89 Saturday night at Richmond?
Find out as the Toyota Owners 400 takes the green flag tomorrow at 7:00 PM Eastern with live coverage on FOX and the Motor Racing Network.