NASCAR Sprint Cup: Gordon Nabs Points Lead; Sits On Verge Of Victory

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April 10, 2014 — Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports photo — CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the first time in half a decade – 174 races for those counting – Jeff Gordon holds the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points lead. His last points lead came after the 2009 Coca-Cola 600, following a start to the season that saw a win and two runner-ups in the first seven races.

He’s enjoying similar success this year, scoring four consecutive top 10s to start the season. His runner-up finish at Texas gives him three top fives this season. He had eight all of last year.

What does all this mean? Well, possibly nothing if he doesn’t win a race.

With seven winners in the first seven races, available spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are rapidly depleting. Only nine spots remain in the 16-driver playoff field.

One of those could go to the points leader, if winless. So, Gordon has that going for him, which is nice.

But a win would put him on much firmer ground when the Chase field is set following Richmond in September. And this weekend’s race at Darlington Raceway seems as good a time as any for the breakthrough victory.

A seven-time Darlington winner, Gordon finished third in last year’s Darlington race. From 2004-2010, Gordon strung together a streak of seven consecutive top-five Darlington finishes.

The Bojangle’s Southern 500 takes the green flag Saturday night under the lights at 7:30 PM Eastern, with live coverage on FOX and MRN Radio.

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