If there ever was a driver that suffered with NASCAR’s COT car, it was Jeff Gordon. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the stats for the 41 year old driver of the Dupont Chevrolet since the beginning of the 2008 season. Of the 87 career wins for Gordon, and the four Cup Championships, only six wins have come since NASCAR mandated the COT for 2008. And of course, no championships. He had six wins in 2007 which was a blend of the COT, and the old Monte Carlo.
If the new 6th Generation car is anything like the old Monte Carlo, I expect Gordon to have a stellar year in 2013. The speed at which he and crew chief, Alan Gustafson can get a handle on the new car will go a long way in determining how well Jeff Does next season. With the experience level at Hendrick Motor Sports, you can be sure the stable of all stars will be sharing notes to get everyone off the ground quickly.
I have been a huge Jeff Gordon fan since Ernie Irvan retired with concussion problems during the 1999 season, but was disappointed that he elected to retaliate against Clint Bowyer during the chase. I think Bowyer would have had a chance at Homestead to win the title had he not lost so many points after the wreck in Phoenix. I can only hope he finds a way to make peace with himself and Bowyer before next season begins.