This Week in NASCAR [Left and right turns at Sonoma]

Can Jeff Gordon once again be dominant at Sonoma?

6/21/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Left and right turns at Sonoma]After two practice sessions today Jeff Gordon was ninth fastest.  He said the plane ride was murder on his back, and he felt much better while in the car.  In any case, he certainly wasn't "too shabby" on the track in California and could definitely be considered a favorite for the race on Sunday. 

On the other hand, Clint Bowyer, who was fastest after two practices, Paul Menard, who was second fastest and the other drivers who filled the top eight positions might just be hoping Jeff doesn't feel too comfortable in the car.

As we've discussed before, Jeff has had a rough year with pain in his back at almost every track.  He has been through this before, but now at the age of 42 he has said if he wins a Champiionship, he will definitely retire.  One has to wonder if retirement might be right around the corner for Jeff, perhaps as soon as the end of the 2014 season.

One thing is certain.  Jeff truly enjoys racing.  He has a competitive drive to win and loves winning more than anything.  One only has to look back at his first win, and the tears he cried openly, to see how much winning means to him.  He wants to win, and win often.  However, with back pain, when the slightest of movement causes tears to fall for an entirely different reason, one has to rethink how they want to spend their time.  Is Jeff Gordon there?  I think he is. 

The thing is, I don't know if I can imagine the sport without Jeff.
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Left and right turns at Sonoma]
Sonoma, California, the heart of wine country, welcomes NASCAR this weekend.  Boris Said, a road course ringer, will appear in the lineup, but after two practices, Boris was only able to achieve 36th fastest.  There are drivers within the ranks of the regular competitors who do quite well on the road courses.  

We are starting our run with the summer heat, and the temperatures will have an effect on how the cars run on the track, how the tires hold up, and how the drivers cope.  Right after Sonoma, we had to Kentucky, then back to Daytona.  

But first, we have a race to run.  I'm picking Martin Truex Jr. and hoping his car can go the distance.  He undoubtedly can perform as needed, but can his equipment?

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6/23/14   |   JenX63   |   32646 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Was golfing (with NASCAR Fans) in a fundraising tournament today, and when I checked for the results and announced the win, each and every one of my fellow golfers booo'd.  Edwards is not well liked up this neck of the woods....

not surprised...lol
it was going to be such an exciting finish, maybe an Ambrose win and kapluty...nascar is at least entertaining.

6/23/14   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Oh Booooooo! That was so not expected....

Was golfing (with NASCAR Fans) in a fundraising tournament today, and when I checked for the results and announced the win, each and every one of my fellow golfers booo'd.  Edwards is not well liked up this neck of the woods....

6/22/14   |   JenX63   |   32646 respect

Oh Booooooo! That was so not expected....

6/22/14   |   Scott   |   52891 respect

Sonoma is one of my favorite races of the year for two reasons.

1) It's something different than what we see on a weekly basis the rest of the season and 2) it gives us a chance to watch guys like Marcos Ambrose kamikazee their way to front of the field with no patience at all.  Today, I predict Ambrose goes from 23rd to the top 5 in less than 10 laps

6/22/14   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Smokesfan wrote:
Sometimes it is better to leave on a high note. Even if he doesn't win another Championship, Gordon has made his mark on racing, just like the other greats. He came in a green kid with high hopes and if this is his last year of racing, he leaves a matured man with a lot to offer the next generation. He will be missed. I have enjoyed watching him mature over the years.

Amen!

6/21/14   |   Smokesfan   |   3441 respect

Sometimes it is better to leave on a high note. Even if he doesn't win another Championship, Gordon has made his mark on racing, just like the other greats. He came in a green kid with high hopes and if this is his last year of racing, he leaves a matured man with a lot to offer the next generation. He will be missed. I have enjoyed watching him mature over the years.

6/21/14   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I don't know how I feel about all this retirement talk. It brings a big ol lump to my throat and wetness to my eyes. Nascar without Jeff? Don't really want to think about it right now. :(

I have to agree.  I haven't even broached the subject with my son, who is a huge Jeff Gordon fan, but thinking about the sport without him is really, really hard.

When Dale Jarrett retired, he hadn't been really competitive for a while.  Mark Martin? He retired so many times it isn't funny.  The King? Well, his last race was Jeff's first race, and I hadn't been in to NASCAR long enough that I was a devoted Petty fan.  

When other drivers have difficulties, injuries or what have you, you have that light at the end of the tunnel that tells you they'll be back (Smoke, Hamlin - although I didn't miss him at all - Dale Jr., even Sterling Marlin back then) but Jeff has been in NASCAR almost as long as my son has been alive.  

When he does retire, I know for certain I will be sobbing out loud.

6/21/14   |   JenX63   |   32646 respect

I don't know how I feel about all this retirement talk. It brings a big ol lump to my throat and wetness to my eyes. Nascar without Jeff? Don't really want to think about it right now. :(