Jeff Gordon: First in Sprint Cup points, not in NASCAR races


Jeff Gordon (24) at the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday. (Steve Helber/AP)

Jeff Gordon is winning, but he’s not. That is, the NASCAR star is leading in Sprint Series Cup points, but has yet to finish first in a single race this year.

Yeah, it’s weird. Gordon, a four-time series champion, hasn’t won any of his races this season, of which there have been nine, including Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. After leading for 173 laps, Gordon lost out at the end to Joey Logano. It was a crazy finish with Logano coming from behind to clinch the victory.

The good news for Gordon: He came in second, adding to three other top-five finishes. In fact, save for one 13th place finish this season, all Gordon’s finishes were at least top 10, which allowed him to consistently earn points. It also left him in a good mood.

After the race he told Fox Sports he was more or less satisfied with the result:

“It was a great night… We were having fun. Gosh, what great race cars we’re bringing to the racetrack, great pit stops all night tonight. It’s frustrating to not win, but also each time we run this good, it builds more confidence and momentum that we’re going to get that win soon. …To come home second is still a great finish.”

Next up, Gordon will race at Talladega on May 4. He’ll be trying hard for a win.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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