Thursday, April 2, 2009

What's the deal with Jeff Gordon at Texas?

By Jayson D. Henry

Jeff Gordon does not have many good memories of the Texas Motor Speedway. Of all the tracks that make up the NASCAR circuit, Texas is one of only two where he has never won. Homestead is the other.

There really seems to be no rhyme or reason for this. Gordon is one of the few drivers who can be considered a threat to win on any type track. He has wins on road courses, short tracks, intermediate tracks and restrictor plate tracks.

Yet, in 15 tries he has never been to victory lane in Fort Worth. He does have 6 Top 5s and 8 Top 10s. Those numbers would be outstanding for some drivers but for Gordon they are very ho-hum.

This Sunday he will again attempt to lead the pack to the checkered flag in the Samsung 500.

He has won on the similar tracks in Charlotte and Atlanta. Perhaps this will finally be the time he adds a cowboy hat and a pair of six shooters to his wardrobe.

Last year in this race he crashed early and finished last. Then, in the fall race on this 1.5 mile speedway he started on the pole and finished 2nd behind Carl Edwards. Maybe he has turned a corner of some sort and his Texas luck has changed.

Whatever the deal with Jeff Gordon at Texas, he would probably like to create some new memories of this place.

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