The rebirth of Jeff Gordon

The rebirth of Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon has failed to trouble Jimmie Johnson in the battle to be the top Hendrick Motorsports driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup over the past five years, but 2011 is turning out a little different for the four-time champion, as Diego Mejia explains

No longer are a pair of four-time NASCAR Cup champions forced to co-exist at Hendrick Motorsports - not since Jimmie Johnson made it five in a row last year to continue his hot streak. Yet halfway through the 2011 season, the defending champion has taken just a single win while his team-mate Jeff Gordon has been to Victory Lane twice - something he has not done since 2007, when he was Johnson's biggest title rival.

A poor ninth place in the championship was all he could muster in a win-less 2010, but this year, when the likes of Penske and Roush Fenway have raised their respective games considerably, Gordon has been the only multiple winner on a Hendrick roster that also includes Dale Earnhardt Jr and Mark Martin.

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