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The winless driver of the No. 24 is in 13th place in the Cup standings and at a disadvantage for the two wild cards.
Jeff Gordon jokes with a crew member from another team Saturday at Watkins Glen.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Jeff Gordon’s visit to Michigan International Speedway in June was marred by an early accident — he was out of contention almost immediately when he hit a spinning Bobby Labonte less than 10 laps into the race.
Gordon figures that whole mess could have been avoided if he hadn’t started so far back in the pack.
“Qualifying as poorly as we did put us in the position to get caught up in that wreck,” Gordon said. “We shouldn’t have been in that position to begin with. We have to improve our qualifying effort here.”
Gordon started from the 29th position in June, and he finished 39th. Heading into another race in Michigan this weekend, Gordon is running out of time if he wants to qualify for the Chase.
Gordon is in 13th place in the Cup standings, and he has no wins this year, which puts him at a disadvantage in the race for the two wild cards.
“A win would certainly help our chances, but I don’t think it’s necessary,” Gordon said. “I think a string of top fives and top 10s could get us a top-10 spot in the standings.”
Kahne still fuming
Kasey Kahne was none too pleased after being involved in a wreck at Watkins Glen last weekend.
Matt Kenseth, the man who caused it, has apparently reached out to Kahne to express his regret.
“He texted me, I don’t know, five to eight times apologizing, trying to explain what happened, how he felt really bad about how it happened and all that stuff. I understand and I appreciate the texts,” Kahne said.
“At the same time, we’re trying to get in the Chase. It hurts when you get wiped out when you’re minding your own business. It’s happened enough this year that I don’t know what I can do about it, but I definitely am not pleased. It’s really annoying and upsetting.”
Emotions are high right now, with only four races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Kahne is in 12th place in the Cup standings, although with two victories he’s in good shape for a wild card if he doesn’t make the top 10.
The late Jason Leffler will be honored with a race in his name at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois later this month.
Leffler died in June in a dirt track accident in New Jersey. He was a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a one-time winner in the Truck Series.
The Jason Leffler Memorial race will take place Aug. 28. It will be a $5,000 to win Midget race, in which 100 percent of the front entrance and 50 percent of the back entrance will go to a fund set up for Leffler’s son, Charlie Dean Leffler.
“This race is my way to honor Jason who was a great racer, but more importantly a great father to Charlie Dean,” track owner Doug Stringer said.
“Jason’s passing has left a hole in the hearts of many of us who loved him and had the honor of calling him our friend. As we continue to mourn, we must keep Charlie Dean in
the forefront of our minds and do everything we can to ensure he grows up knowing what an amazing person his father was
and how much he was respected as both a driver and a friend.”
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