Jeff Gordon is keeping it real

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 02: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, looks on from in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 02:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, looks on from in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA – AUGUST 02: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, looks on from in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

LONG POND, Pa. – After posting his 90th career Sprint Cup victory last week, it might be natural for Jeff Gordon to begin thinking about reaching 100.

“I just hope we can get to 91,” Gordon chuckled. “You can’t think about 100 until you get to 99 the last time I checked. I’m pretty excited to be at 90.”

Gordon, who leads all drivers with six victories at Pocono Raceway, will celebrate his 43rd birthday on Monday and is not without physical challenges, primarily from back pain which forced him to miss a practice at Charlotte in May.

“I don’t think my back is ever going to be the same after what happened at Charlotte,” he said. “I have to be much more careful and do more stretching. Is it going to flare up again? It could. I’m trying to be more cautious with the things that contribute to that. But yeah, it’s not great, that’s for sure.”

Gordon was second-fastest in Saturday’s Happy Hour, followed by Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Earnhardt was fifth-fastest despite a recurring vibration and pole-sitter Kyle Larson was sixth-fastest.

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