Has Jeff Gordon Become Just Another D...

Has Jeff Gordon Become Just Another Driver?

There are 31 comments on the www.usavanguard.com story from Oct 11, 2010, titled Has Jeff Gordon Become Just Another Driver?. In it, www.usavanguard.com reports that:

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont car, fields questions during the NASCAR Media Day event at the London Hotel on Sept.

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Racsan

San Francisco, CA

#22 Oct 18, 2010
The crew chiefs play a huge role in hold both the 24 and 48 finishes. I find it amazing that Steve Letarte and lasted so long on this team. The guy can't fix a car during the race.
Jenni

Atlanta, GA

#23 Oct 18, 2010
Racsan wrote:
The crew chiefs play a huge role in hold both the 24 and 48 finishes. I find it amazing that Steve Letarte and lasted so long on this team. The guy can't fix a car during the race.
It's the driver not Letarte. Hendrick needs to clean house and keep only Johnson and do it now!

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Raleigh

#24 Oct 18, 2010
The Fat and the Furious wrote:
<quoted text>You may be right and we can all understand that, at least those of us who are up around that age ourselves. I'll expand on it a bit too. It may be that he has lost some of his passion to get that win at all costs. When you mature, you find that things that were once important to you, can lose to other things that have become important, ie kids, wife, other interests, etc.
I certainly, don't know if that's the case or not, but something is amiss when Jeff of old is compared to Jeff of now. I know how well he can wheel a car (he's done it whole racing career and not just in Nascar) so it's obvious that something has affected his desire to some degree. What you've said makes perfect sense and could easily sum up why.
We know the talent is there and he may at some point (before he retires) regain some of that spark or he may not. I don't knock him either way, because I can understand that other priorities can sometimes out weigh the importance of what used to be your driving force. Either way, he's one of the best we've ever seen and will be remembered as that. I'd love to see him become competitive at the level he used to be, but if he doesn't, I'll appreciate the fact that he one of the best. It's not like he's not up around the top, just that's he's not what he once was, when he was the top. Maybe a big win or really good start to a season can bring some of that passion back for him and if it does, than watch out, because there's no one out there more talented than he is. There may some guy on his level, but no one surpasses his ability.
I fully agree. He's my man but I don't beat him up because there's a thousand drivers out there that would die to be in his place. My priorities at 40 certainly weren't what they were at 25. At 60, nothing is even remotely the same. Jeff gave Dale Sr. all he wanted and then some. He doesn't have anything left to prove unless it's something to himself.
Booo Joonyer

Mount Vernon, IN

#25 Oct 19, 2010
Since Gordon is ahead of the 64 other drivers that have started a race this year, I guess he is "just another driver" to KH, DH and JJ right now. But neither KH or DH have won a single championship and Gordon has 4 Championship and he finished higher in the standing than both KH and DH last year and this year isn't over yet. That leaves just ONE driver that has been better than Gordon over the past 8 seasons, JJ. Since JJ (actually Chad) is kicking everyone's ass right now, being the "just another driver" doesn't sound too bad.
Racsan

San Francisco, CA

#26 Oct 20, 2010
Jenni wrote:
<quoted text>It's the driver not Letarte. Hendrick needs to clean house and keep only Johnson and do it now!
Johnson would be nothing without Chad Knaus!

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#27 Oct 20, 2010
Booo Joonyer wrote:
Since JJ (actually Chad) is kicking everyone's ass right now...
Team effort, so don't act like Chad is carrying the whole team. He raised the standard and demands excellence, and with Jimmie, he expects good driving with minimal mistakes.

But who's the one out there hitting his marks and staying out of trouble? That's right. Bringing that car to the line first is the job of that son of a gun behind the wheel. No amount of great pit stops or strategic pit calls will keep that car functioning the way Chad adjusts it if JJ is smacking walls and cutting tires.

Sorry to say but JJ is as great as he needs to be. If you give him a car capable of winning, he seldom forfeits the opportunity to do so. In equal equipment, he may not be the best, but after 100 races, Jimmie will always have finished higher on average than those undisciplined drivers who can't maintain their composure or endure the pressure for the entire race.
You get over it

Katy, TX

#28 Oct 20, 2010
alpinedigital wrote:
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Team effort, so don't act like Chad is carrying the whole team. He raised the standard and demands excellence, and with Jimmie, he expects good driving with minimal mistakes.
But who's the one out there hitting his marks and staying out of trouble? That's right. Bringing that car to the line first is the job of that son of a gun behind the wheel. No amount of great pit stops or strategic pit calls will keep that car functioning the way Chad adjusts it if JJ is smacking walls and cutting tires.
Sorry to say but JJ is as great as he needs to be. If you give him a car capable of winning, he seldom forfeits the opportunity to do so. In equal equipment, he may not be the best, but after 100 races, Jimmie will always have finished higher on average than those undisciplined drivers who can't maintain their composure or endure the pressure for the entire race.
You make a great point...only that doesn't apply in the case of the 88 car, for which the crew chief is to blame and the driver has nothing to do with the consistently poor finishing results. But, on the rare occasion that the 88 pulls off a good finish, then it's the driver that gets ALL the credit. Funny, how that works.

The whole team is important, but ultimately it's the talent of the driver that his responsible for making it happen and bringing the trophy home.
JJ2FST488

Stephens City, VA

#29 Oct 20, 2010
JohnnyDeppfan2 wrote:
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Excuse me, but Until Jimmie has 82 wins then he is NOWHERE Near Gordon.
Excuse me, JohnnyComeLately, but Until Jeff (or any other driver) wins 4 championships in a row then come talk to me. Jiffy Jeff is past his prime and JJ is still in his. What r u gonna say when the 48 wins 5 in a row? You should start with "The New King" of Nascar. Before it's all said and done Jeff will be NOWHERE near Johnson in wins & championships.

Since: Mar 10

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#30 Oct 20, 2010
JJ2FST488 wrote:
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Excuse me, JohnnyComeLately, but Until Jeff (or any other driver) wins 4 championships in a row then come talk to me. Jiffy Jeff is past his prime and JJ is still in his. What r u gonna say when the 48 wins 5 in a row? You should start with "The New King" of Nascar. Before it's all said and done Jeff will be NOWHERE near Johnson in wins & championships.
LMAO. Jimmie would be no one without Chad. Nuff said.

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#31 Oct 21, 2010
JohnnyDeppfan2 wrote:
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LMAO. Jimmie would be no one without Chad. Nuff said.
If you say it like that, it seems MORE evident that JJ would be no one without Gordon, and for that matter Chad neither.
95 Thunderbird

Kitchener, Canada

#32 Oct 23, 2010
JohnnyDeppfan2 wrote:
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LMAO. Jimmie would be no one without Chad. Nuff said.
JR. would still be a dud with Chad as his C.C. Nuff said!

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