Gas 'N' Go: Which Feat Is More Impressive?

Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon

A win at Kentucky for either Tony Stewart (foreground) or Jeff Gordon could add to an impressive accomplishment, but which would be most impressive? Dustin Long and Pete Pistone debate. (Photo: Getty Images)

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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."

Which is more impressive: Jeff Gordon has won at all but one of the tracks on the schedule (Kentucky) or Tony Stewart has had at least one victory in each of the past 15 seasons?

MRN Staff

Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

Jeff Gordon winning at Kentucky to complete his victory tour at every track on the schedule would by far be the most impressive accomplishment.

Gordon joining the elite company of David Pearson, Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough as drivers who have won at every track on the tour during their era would just further cement his already Hall of Fame-worthy credentials.

What makes the achievement even more stellar is that Gordon will have done it with a couple of major variables. He'll have conquered a variety of new tracks as well as reconfigured speedways in his march toward winning at 23 different facilities. Plus Gordon would set the mark behind the wheel of several different incarnations of the Sprint Cup car up to and including the current Gen-6 model.

A Jeff Gordon win at Kentucky to complete the string would be one of the most extraordinary feats in NASCAR history.

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

I can see Pete’s side and he makes good points. He also could make some of those same points for Tony Stewart’s streak of 15 consecutive seasons with at least a win.

Only Richard Petty (18 consecutive seasons with a win), David Pearson (17), Ricky Rudd (16) and Rusty Wallace (16) are ahead of Stewart, who has yet to win this season.

One of the things that makes Stewart’s streak impressive is that it started with his rookie season. None of the drivers ahead of him started their streak in their rookie season.

Also, Stewart is the only driver who has an active streak that has lasted so long in what is considered the sport’s most competitive era. What Gordon and Stewart have done are both impressive, but I’m going with Stewart’s mark as most impressive. 

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo

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  • 1994 Brickyard Winner: Jeff Gordon
  • 1995 Brickyard Winner: Dale Earnhardt
  • 1996 Brickyard Winner: Dale Jarrett
  • 1997 Brickyard Winner: Ricky Rudd
  • 1998 Brickyard Winner: Jeff Gordon
  • 1999 Brickyard Winner: Dale Jarrett
  • 2000 Brickyard Winner: Bobby Labonte
  • 2001 Brickyard Winner: Jeff Gordon
  • 2002 Brickyard Winner: Bill Elliott
  • 2003 Brickyard Winner: Kevin Harvick
  • 2004 Brickyard Winner: Jeff Gordon
  • 2005 Brickyard Winner: Tony Stewart
  • 2006 Brickyard Winner: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2007 Brickyard Winner: Tony Stewart
  • 2008 Brickyard Winner: Jimmie Johnson
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