I won't deny I'm a die hard Jeff Gordon fan, and have been for several years. That's why it hurts to see him lose any race. No one can deny he is a great driver whether you're a fan or not, and in my opinion, he also has a winning personality.
However, this year looks it's shaping up to be another year when he comes close to winning the championship but won't. For a number of weeks earlier in the season, he was leading the overall points race, without even winning a race. He was consistently finishing up in the top five or ten places each race. Without having any DNF's, it appeared crew chief Steve Letarte and the HendricK team had worked out all the issues from the previous year with the Car of Tomorrow (COT). I kept thinking, along with many of his fans, "when is he ever was going to win again." Well, he finally did win his first race of the season in April on the Texas motor Speedway. He appeared to be headed for a big lead in the points.
Then a couple of poor finishes in the next two races helped Tony Stewart, who is also a great guy (only when he's winning of course), cut into the lead. Well now Jeff has slipped to third over all in the points with Jimmie Johnson winning and Jeff finishing 9th today at the Indy Brickyard. I don't know if we'll ever see the "Drive for Five" championships happen, before he retires. I'm not giving up hope just yet, because you just have to take a look at fifty year old Mark Martin's accomplishments this year. Mark has won four times this season, and moved up two positions to 9th in the overall standings, after finishing second today.
Okay if Jeff doesn't win the championship this year, I'll be disappointed, but I won't give up on him. If he doesn't lose his passion for racing, Jeff can still race with the best of them, and has a great chance to win another championship (or two).