Jeff Gordon’s second-place finish last Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., couldn’t have come at a better time. It advanced him three positions in the Sprint Cup standings – and back in contention to qualify for the Chase for the Championship in two months.
While there’s still a lot of work to do in the next 10 regular season races, Gordon is 13th in points and in position to qualify as a top-10 driver. And since he’s in the top 20, he also could qualify as a wild card entry if he can win one of the next 10 races.
But don’t expect Gordon to pay attention to any of that.
“Well, you know, I think that one of the things that we’ve learned but we need to do more of, me personally, is stop looking at the points because it seems like every time we get close to the top 10 and I start going, ‘Ooh, we’re close to the top 10, we can make it in the top 10,’ something happens,” Gordon said. “I’m going to stop thinking about the points.”
SIGNING OFF: Denny Hamlin has a lot to say, but for now he’s not going to say it on Twitter.
“I told all my followers, you want something interesting, follow me when I’m retired,” he said. “I’ve got some good stuff that I could give you.”
Hamlin has been fined by NASCAR for some of his social media posts. He also has to face car owner Joe Gibbs, as well as longtime sponsor FedEx.
“All my people I guess you could say, they say I need to lock myself out of tweeting after midnight. I’ve almost hit the send button a few times and didn’t do it,” he said. “It’s different because different players in different sports, they don’t have any sponsors to answer to. It’s just sort of the team and if they perform well then the team doesn’t care. It’s a little bit different when you have the responsibility of being the face of a Fortune 500 company.
“I do feel like I do express myself as much as I can without being inappropriate at times. It is fun. You have to deal with the good and the bad obviously,” he said.
So who does Hamlin think is the most-entertaining driver on Twitter?
“I really don’t think any of them are very interesting on Twitter,” he said. “I don’t know, I guess they’re all pretty predictable.”
Nothing really excites me when I turn on Twitter and see my competitors.”
Harvick expands to sports management
Kevin Harvick Inc. now has a race team, professional golfer and UFC fighter under the same roof.
Harvick signed UFC’s Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone to a professional athlete management contract. Golfer Jason Gore also is represented by Harvick.
“One of KHI’s strongest qualities always has been our ability to sell and maintain sponsorship in NASCAR despite the economic challenges,” Harvick said. “With that solid foundation and the template we’ve created over the last 10 years (in racing).
“I think we are ready to take the next step to represent other athletes in other arenas. Donald is our first client in the UFC, and I’m excited about all the possibilities that lie ahead.”