Gordon Feels He's Right There in Chase Hunt
By Holly Cain - NASCAR.com
A late and final addition to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship field, Jeff Gordon is the first to tell you he's happy to be there.
But make no mistake, he's not just happy to be there.
Three races into the 10-race Chase, Gordon may not be quite riding the bumpers of championship leaders Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, but he's keeping them honest.
A fourth place at Dover last week and a sixth place two weeks ago at Chicago has helped the four-time Cup champ climb into the top five in the championship standings, 39 points behind leader Kenseth entering Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (ESPN, 2 p.m. ET) at Kansas Speedway.
Gritty and racy on track with smiles and "atta-boys" in the garage, Gordon arguably carried the least pressure into NASCAR's postseason. He was added to the championship mix two days before the Chase began by NASCAR Chairman Brian France, who expanded the normally 12-driver field to 13 in wake of a controversy at the Sept. 7 regular season finale at Richmond.
Gordon's never looked back. Instead he's competing like a driver with everything to gain and perhaps a point to prove to those prematurely sending the 42-year old future Hall of Famer into retirement.
When Gordon climbed out of his No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet after the race at Dover last week, he was energized and talking like the...
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