Gordon back in the game

eff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, looks on from the in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Four time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon hasn’t exactly been among the favorites so far in 2012. Gordon rolled into Texas with only one top ten finish, that being an eighth place at Phoenix the second race of the season.

Since Phoenix, Gordon has uncharacteristically suffered some poor finishes.  At Martinsville, the last race before Texas, Gordon was in contention for the win, but a late race tangle left him with a 14th place showing. Prior to Saturday night’s race, Gordon said one of the team’s biggest problems has been qualifying.

“To me, the hardest thing in racing is to produce a fast race car” Gordon said. “I think that’s the number one hardest thing that there is to do.  Some people would probably say winning, but no, I think first you have to have a fast race car.  If you have a fast race car and you consistently put a fast race car out there on the track then you’d be surprised how much easier it is to win. We have to work on qualifying.  We’re not qualifying good enough right now in my opinion.  Beyond that, I feel like we’re racing really good.  Our cars are really good in the race and that to me, it’s nice to have that box checked off.” MORE>>>


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