Is Jeff Gordon contagious?

Jeff Gordon drives the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

CONCORD, N.C. –Given Jeff Gordon’s abysmal run of luck this season, Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle wants to steer the widest possible berth around the four-time champion.

Gordon is 24th in the standings, 170 points behind Biffle and 96 points out of 10th place, the last guaranteed position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Biffle can feel Gordon’s pain.

The driver of the No. 16 Ford had his share of misery in 2011, when he missed the Chase and finished 16th in the final standings.

Though Biffle can sympathize with Gordon, he doesn’t want to get close enough for any of the bad luck to rub off.

“It’s like he’s got a cold right now, and I don’t want to get sick,” Biffle said. “I’ll tell you, Jeff Gordon’s season is exactly the season we had last year. That was the 16 team’s season to a ‘T.’

“It was just one thing after another — not the same thing. One thing after another happened to us, and that’s what has happened to Jeff.”

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