Gas 'N' Go: Who Wins First? Kenseth or Gordon?
By: MRN Staff on April 24, 2014 | 7:21 A.M. EST
Matt Kenseth (left) is second in the points behind series leader Jeff Gordon, yet both are winless this season. Who will win first this year? (Photo: Getty Images)
The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."
Who wins first: Jeff Gordon, who is the points leader, or Matt Kenseth, who is second in the points?
It's funny to write this but there's something off with Kenseth and the Joe Gibbs Racing team. That's odd to say considering Kenseth is second in the Sprint Cup Series standings only a point out of the lead and teammate Kyle Busch has won a race. However, the JGR camp isn't quite right, and until then I'm not confident in Kenseth getting to Victory Lane just yet.
On the other hand, Gordon has been knocking at the door for a win several times in the early going and it seems to be just a matter of time before he'll cross the finish line first. Restarts have been his Achilles Heel, but Gordon appears to me to have more than enough to win soon and he'll do so before Kenseth.
It’s easy to pick Jeff Gordon since he’s finished no worse than 13th this season, but I won’t. I think the next few tracks set up well for Matt Kenseth, who has scored four consecutive top-10 finishes.
He’s been strong on the short tracks, leading 165 laps at Bristol and finishing sixth at Martinsville. He’s finished seventh or better in the last three races at Richmond, something Gordon can’t say.
Then comes Talladega. Remember how strong Kenseth’s teammate, Denny Hamlin, was at Daytona? Kenseth wasn’t bad either, winning his duel and finishing sixth in the 500. Although he hasn’t always have the finishes, he’s arguably been among the best on restrictor-plate tracks the last couple of seasons. Yes, Gordon's teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won the Daytona 500, but Gordon's last victory in a plate race came in 2007.
Then there is Kansas where Kenseth has won two of the last three races. Gordon has two top-10 finishes in the last three races there.
I’d say the odds are that Kenseth will win first.
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