BROOKLYN, MI (WFXG) - Jeff Gordon took the NASCAR world by storm when he began his career in 1992 and battled names like Earnhardt, Wallace, and Elliott for championships. After a dominating win at Michigan this past weekend, Gordon seems poised to win his fifth Cup Series title in 2014.
It wasn't an easy win Sunday but team owner Rick Hendrick credits his veteran driver's experience to this late career resurgence.
"I think what I see now with Jeff today is how smart he is," said Mr. H. on his driver. "If someone gets in front of him or is trying to block him like they did today, instead of pushing the envelope like maybe he did in the early years, he'll just back off and let them use their stuff up, then he'll pass them."
There was a lot of moving drivers out of the way as accidents kept the field bunched up but, Gordon avoided the aggression and held on for a big win in his quest for another championship.
"I think it's going to be really, really important for the momentum he's carrying right now into the Chase," continued Hendrick. "So we're excited."
Joey Logan was Gordon's biggest rival most the of the day but another great restart in the closing laps put Gordon in the lead for good in route to his third victory of the season.
"Right now I feel like I'm driving smart," commented Gordon after the race."But also when it comes down to the restarts, I'm confident in my car enough that I can put it in places I haven't been able to put it in the past and be a little bit more aggressive when it matters."
Gordon's 24 team has gotten stronger as the season has progressed and seems to be riding a ton of momentum into the Chase that is only a few weeks away.
"When things go well and you get better, then you keep going down that path," continued the race winner. "I feel like we started on a good path at the start of the season and we've continued to do that up to this point. I think it will even continue through the next 12 or 13 weeks."
Gordon has been chasing that elusive fifth championship for a long time and with this type of momentum, he just might get there.