Jeff Gordon unsure if Martinsville is his final race

Oct 29, 2016, 07:36
Jeff Gordon unsure if Martinsville is his final race

Truex turned a lap at 98.206 miles per hour to win the top starting spot for Sunday's race. He enters the race this weekend at 6-1 odds to win and there is no question he is aggressive enough to get the job done at Martinsville. He's a pretty calm, cool guy, but, boy, when you put that helmet on him and you get him in the race vehicle, he just becomes another person and takes it to another level. "If I focus on it, that's a distraction of what my main goal is to win, not think about what happened past year". Gordon has competed in seven races this year and the Martinsville race is his last one planned in a substitute role for the Hendrick Motorsports team where he remains an equity owner. Kyle Busch and the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing team have been a force to be reckoned with all season and as we approach the crunch time in the Chase leading up to the championship race they should still be regarded not only as a strong contender for the race win but for the Sprint Cup as well.

Matt Kenseth has made it into the Chase round of eight and unlike past year, comes to Martinsville still very much in title contention.

"You still have to be consistent in the long run". "It all worked out fortunate for us and now we come here to a bunch of tracks that have been very good for us".

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Of the three tracks in the Chase Round of 8, Martinsville isn't the best for Kevin Harvick. Both Kenseth and Logano are among the eight drivers who remain in contention for the 2016 title. It's a definite advantage, and hopefully we can have a good auto to take advantage of it. It is what happens in the race that really makes the difference.

"One out of every four, and since our last one, this is four". If there was ever a track where Gordon still felt capable of winning, it would be on the half-mile paper clip-shaped track. The round will be concluded by racing at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov.13th and the Championship four will be determined after the race in the desert.

A week after winning the pole at Talladega, only to exit the race and the Chase with a blown engine, Truex posted his second straight top qualifying effort at Martinsville Speedway, winning the pole for Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 (1 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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Last on the list this week is one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR as well as Martinsville history.

Gordon teammate Jimmie Johnson wouldn't call this Gordon's last race.

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Hamlin's five wins have come in 21 career starts - roughly one win in every four races. Gordon is driving his eighth and final scheduled race at the replacement driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is sidelined with a concussion. No matter what he does, Jeff Gordon is one to watch this weekend and deserves another salute as he races into the sunset.

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