Not a Flash in the Pan: Kansas win solidifies Gordon’s desire for championship

(Credit: Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(Credit: Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)

After close calls and countless tries, Jeff Gordon became a winner again Saturday night.

The race at Kansas Speedway was fittingly electric, lighting up the track’s first NASCAR night race. The wrecks, racing, and success stories all made for a beautiful prelude to Mother’s Day.

Gordon’s performance was a continuation of the competitiveness exhibited over the past few weeks. The win nearly guarantees a spot in The Chase, a major change from recent years. As Gordon’s time in the sport seemingly dwindles away, the question of “Will he win another championship?” keeps coming back. Gordon is highly aware of this pressure and isn’t afraid to take it on; he wants to win a Sprint Cup Series championship. His other four are Winston’s. He wants a more current one; it represents the longevity of his talent and his ability to conquer no matter what changes are made to the sport. He knows he’s old, and he knows he’s being pushed out by the younger generation. That only drives him more. Gordon isn’t giving up. This win personifies that mentality.

Fantastic racing and multiple storylines came out of America’s Heartland, so here’s a rehash of what went down:

  • Mother Nature delayed racing once again, pushing the start of the race back twenty minutes. Here’s to hoping no one gets her a Mother’s Day present.
  • Kevin Harvick finished second after sitting on the pole and dominating early on. The entire team was a bit down after the great run. The only person who wasn’t upset was Harvick’s son, Keelan, who was so thrilled girlfriend ‘Day-Day’ had a great run that he drooled everywhere.
  • Speaking of ‘Day-Day,’ Danica Patrick drove to a career-best result of seventh. Ba dum tss.
  • Due to some electrical issues, the backstretch lighting went out during Saturday’s event. This is what happens when NASCAR idolizes the NFL a bit too much.
  • A wreck claiming Ryan Truex and David Ragan happened early on, taking out their Burger King- and Taco Bell-sponsored machines and claiming two other cars. It was pretty much an accurate representation of what fast food does to your stomach.
  • Gordon’s 89th victory comes on the twentieth-year anniversary of his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. Just for reference, I wasn’t even alive twenty years ago.

Hey, I tried.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was a success. It brought all the aspects a night race should bring, and the fall race at the venue is already being discussed. It’s expected to be an awesome time. No pressure, Kansas.

Point Standings after the 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation

1. Jeff Gordon (–)
2. Matt Kenseth (-15)
3. Kyle Busch (-21)
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-26)
5. Carl Edwards (-27)
6. Joey Logano (-48)
7. Jimmie Johnson (-54)
8. Ryan Newman (-62)
9. Greg Biffle (-66)
10. Brian Vickers (-67)
11. Brad Keselowski (-68)
12. Denny Hamlin (-76)
12. Kyle Larson (-76)
14. Austin Dillon (-88)
15. Kevin Harvick (-92)
16. Kasey Kahne (-100)


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