Taking the Checker: Pocono

Jeff Gordon took his 86th career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory and first of the 2012 season on Sunday at Pocono Raceway in a soggy way. Gordon never led a lap under green flag conditions but took the win anyway after the race was shortened to 98 laps due to rain.

Jeff Gordon was in the fifth position when the final restart took place on Sunday afternoon at Pocono but when leader Jimmie Johnson got loose on the restart and spun himself and second place driver Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle were sitting behind the two that slid up the track and therefore couldn’t take advantage of the situation.

Jeff Gordon was able to take the lead with teammate Kasey Kahne in tow.Everybody was getting ready for the restart when all of a sudden drivers started reporting rain drops over the radio. Alan Gustafson and Jeff Gordon had to have been doing the rain dance.

It then began to pour down rain and Jeff Gordon knew his luck had to be turning around. Right? He was about to get his first win of 2012 but with the bad luck surrounding the four-time champion this year, he knew something just had to go wrong and everyone on the No.24 team including his fans must have been thinking, “what’s going to happen now!?”

However, nothing did go wrong for Gordon. NASCAR called the race after a few unfortunate strikes of lightning and when the track surface became soaked with rain. Jeff Gordon was finally able to get his first win of 2012 for Rick Hendrick and that meant all of Hendrick’s drivers were winners in 2012.

With Gordon’s win on Sunday, he is now in that final wild card position to get in the Chase so he will go into Watkins Glen knowing he must stay ahead of Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch who are directly behind him and another win wouldn’t hurt. Gordon is a great road racer and there is definitely no doubt that the four-time Champion will be in contention.

By Tyson Lautenschlager

 

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