(Full Disclosure: I've been a northeast NASCAR fan my entire life, I grew up with #24 being THE guy behind the wheel. I know y'all love him and I do too. But I love NASCAR more than any one driver, so save your "Gordon is God!" and "Truex Sucks!" and "Screw Logano!" comments. You can post them, but don't expect me to care.)
I was ok with it. I got over it. I was ready to forgive NASCAR and get excited about the race this weekend, and then they did this. Jeff Gordon is back in the Chase, as the 13th driver. This should be surprising to you, this shouldn't make sense to you, it certainly doesn't make sense to me. The evidence that Gordon got screwed is circumstantial at best, you can argue that Bowyer spinning "screwed" Newman and Gordon but they had their shot on the restart just like Truex did. Newman had a horrible pit, you know what? Forget Newman, I know none of you care about Newman anyways. Gordon had his shot during the restart, he had to pass one car (#56) and he's in. Regardless of Logano getting the benefit of Vickers pitting, Gordon had one job to do: Pass Truex and get in the Chase. Let's not even get into the 25 races before Richmond where Gordon could have performed better, let's not forget his miscue at Watkins Glen 13 laps into the race, let's not forget that he crashed into Bowyer last year for exactly the same reason that Bowyer spun. I think Gordon is one of the best NASCAR drivers ever, but forgive me if I don't bow down to his altar. I watch NASCAR because for some awful reason I still think it's some of the best racing in the world, not because a particular driver is winning.