FORT WORTH, Texas – Jeff Gordon has been brilliant this season. Maybe as brilliant as he's ever been, save 1998.
That season he won 13 times and posted an average finish of 5.7 over a 33-race schedule. It's a season that won't soon be duplicated.
Still, 2007 has been magical. Gordon has won six times and has an average finish of 7.4 – the second-best of his career. Arguably, he's having the second-best season of his career, yet here we are, three races from the finish, and Gordon is anything but a lock to win the championship.
When you're talking about Jeff Gordon – four-time champion, sixth on the all-time wins list – that's saying something.
This can mean only one of two things – either the driver in his rearview mirror is having an equally brilliant season or, in this new era predicated upon the Chase for the Nextel Cup, we need to entirely re-define what a truly great season is.
So let's examine it.
First, the driver in his rearview mirror, Jimmie Johnson, who trails Gordon by justRead More »from History lesson