Jeff Gordon continued to remind the NASCAR world of his greatness as he continued his 2014 renaissance tour with a dominant win at Dover on Sunday that propelled him into the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
The No. 24 Chevrolet driver seized the lead with 71 laps left and held it to the finish for his fifth-career victory at the Monster Mile – and first at Dover since 2001, the same year he won his last of four Sprint Cup championships.
Gordon’s triumph marked his fourth win of the season, his highest total since 2007, when he tallied six victories on the way to a runner-up championship finish. The 43-year-old now claims 92 career wins, the third-most in NSCS history. Though impossible for Gordon to catch Richard Petty (200 wins) for the all-time list, second-place David Pearson (105) is well within reach.
After registering finishes of 16th and 17th at Bristol and Atlanta, Gordon has turned his performance up a notch the last four races with two runner-ups and Sunday’s victory. Arguably the top driver in the series up to this point in the season, Gordon ranks tied for second in wins (4) and leads all drivers in average running position (9.046), driver rating (110.4) and average finish (10.0).
Don’t count on Gordon slowing down any time soon. He tops all drivers in wins (14) and starts (103) at Contender Round tracks (Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega).
Gordon takes the wheel of the No. 24 car next in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN) where he owns three wins, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s in 17 starts.