Tag:Jeff Gordon
Posted on: April 9, 2009 6:15 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2009 6:17 pm

Where do you stand on Jeff Gordon?

It's been a rough couple of months with some long days and nights, but now that March Madness is in the rearview mirror, I can hopefully get back to blogging on a regular basis for the three of you who actually enjoy my commentary from this small speck of the World Wide Web.

This week, I'd like to touch on the subject of one Jeff Gordon.

Last week at Texas, Gordon ended a winless skid of 47 races and, you know what, it wasn't met with jeers as have come with many of his 82 wins, but with cheers. It seems that even non-Gordon fans were able to appreciate seeing the four-time Cup champion back in Victory Lane -- for one weekend at least

And that's good to see. Gordon has been great for the sport and unlike a current young driver enjoying sucess at an early age, he has -- for the most part -- handled himself with grace and composure.

I've noted before that when I became a fan of NASCAR in the mid-80s, Dale Earnhardt was my driver. And if Earnhardt couldn't win, then my preference was to see a Chevy/Pontiac in Victory Lane. So when Gordon came along, I was actually excited. To me, I didn't see an Earnhardt rival, I saw another strong Chevrolet driver I could root for.

Eventually I came to work with another fan of Earnhardt and he despised Gordon. Because of him, I toned down my support of Gordon somewhat. I think part of the reason was that another co-worker was a big Gordon fan, so he began to gain the upperhand as Gordon began to enjoy more and more success. So that became as good enough reason to root against Gordon than any.

But I don't know that I really ever truly minded seeing Gordon in Victory Lane. It was almost as if I was going through the motions more than anything because that seemed the thing to do as an Earnhardt supporter.

Nowadays I just like to see a good race, I don't really care who wins.

So what are your feelings on Gordon? Love him? Hate him? Anybody else out there who was a fan of both Earnhardt Sr. and Gordon?


Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: October 2, 2008 11:09 am
Edited on: October 2, 2008 11:10 am

Jeff Gordon's new primary paint scheme for 2009

For just the third time in his career, Jeff Gordon will be sporting a new primary paint scheme. He started his career with the "Rainbow Warrior" scheme before transitioning to the current "Fire and Flames" scheme.

The 2009 design has been dubbed "Firestorm". What do you think of the new design? I like his current scheme better. It seems every car is heavy on black in their scheme nowadays. Pretty soon there will be just a bunch of black cars running around out there.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the new car courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports. I also threw in a picture of his current scheme courtesy Getty Images for good measure.

Jeff Gordon's 2009 paint scheme (Hendrick Motorsports).

Jeff Gordon's 2008 paint scheme (Getty Images)

Jeff Gordon's 2009 paint scheme (Hendrick Motorsports)

Jeff Gordon's 2009 paint scheme (Hendrick Motorsports)

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 16, 2008 3:21 pm

Daytona 500 Happy Hour

So the final practice session ended a few hours ago and it was relatively uneventful.

Clint Bowyer, who skipped Friday's practice, probably wishes he'd have skipped Saturday's as well as he spanked the wall the wall during the session.

Carl Edwards topped the time sheet with a speed of 191.034 mph, but didn't put much stock in it.

“The speeds don’t really mean too much because it’s just about luck and where you end up in the pack, but the way the car is handling is really good," Edwards said. "We could actually get out there and lead a little bit.  It’s gonna be a fun race.  I’m really excited.”  

"We’re gonna be great if it’s nice and slick.  If the tires are an issue, I think that’s gonna play into our hands.  I think Bob and the guys have really done a good job of getting the car to handle really well. The biggest concern is just being caught up in something, whether it’s tire related or making a mistake out there.  That’s the biggest concern is getting to the end of the race.  If we’re there at the end on the last lap, and we’re running in the top 10, we’re gonna have a really good shot at it.”

A couple of the Hendrick favorites didn't spend a whole lot of time on the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. did 13 laps and Jeff Gordon 12. Jimmie Johhnson put in 21 laps of work, while Casey Mears spent 36 laps fine-tuning.

Joe Gibbs Racing, on the other hand, put a lot of effort into Saturday's session. Denny Hamlin did 41 laps, Tony Stewart 40 laps and Kyle Busch 28 laps.

The workhorses of the session were Reed Sorenson and Kasey Kahne. Sorennson did 50 laps, 1/4 of a Daytona 500, while was next with 46 laps. Could they perhaps have put a little too much wear and tear on their engines heading into Sunday's race.

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