Indiana native Jeff Gordon can tie a track record for wins. (AP Images)
Arguably the second-biggest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes place this afternoon at America’s most history racetrack, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the Brickyard 400.
No driver has had more success in this race than Indiana native Jeff Gordon, who opened at 12/1 to win this year on Bodog’s auto racing odds. He has won the Brickyard four times, including the much-hyped inaugural race in 1994. Many thought the Brickyard race might become the signature race in NASCAR, even more so than the season-opening Daytona 500. Not only has that not happened, but this is a critical year for the Brickyard with fan interest waning even if most drivers still consider this event No. 2 to the Daytona 500.
Gordon enters the race seventh in the points standings, 65 behind leader Carl Edwards. Perhaps more important, Gordon is only 17 points ahead of No. 11 Tony Stewart. This year, only the Top 10 in points are assured of getting into the Chase for the Championship. Gordon holds several most records for this race, including wins (1994, ’98, 2001, ’04), prize winnings (more than $6 million), most laps led career (440), most times led career (30), most races led career (10), most consecutive races led (6, from 1994-99), most laps led in a single race (124 in 2004) and lowest starting position for a winner (27th in 2001).
A win today also would be notable because it would be Gordon’s 85th, which would put him alone in third in NASCAR wins. And it would be his fifth at Indy, which would tie him for most victories at the track with former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.
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