It’s No. 24, Again

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comJeff Gordon captured his 3rd victory of the 2014 NASCAR season this past week in Brooklyn, Michigan.

It wasn’t even really close.  Gordon dominated the 400 mile event pretty much from start to finish.  His weekend at the Michigan track started out great.  He blistered the qualifying track record on Friday, then turned around Sunday and posted his first victory at this particular track in 13 years.

Coincidentally, the last 2 times Gordon has won the Sprint Cup Championship, he has won here and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He has pulled off those 2 victories this year, as well.

The biggest fireworks of the day happened toward the end of the race, when Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson, who were racing hard for position, had some not so kind words with each other in the pits.  Typical stuff when you are racing with Newman, according to Johnson.

Johnson, who had to get innovative, drove his car, with a pair of vise grips as the gear shifter, to a 9th place finish and Newman finished just outside the top 10 in 11th.

The rest of the top 10 were Kevin Harvick in 2nd, followed by Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Johnson, and Greg Biffle.

With only 3 weeks left until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, the next 3 races should be very interesting.  With short tracks at Bristol and Richmond coming up, with Atlanta in the middle, there should be plenty of beating and banging going on.  Drivers are now in desperation mode to get that elusive victory.  You need to watch — tempers should flare at Bristol and Richmond.

It’s Bristol, Baby

Marketed as the World’s Fastest Half Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway is a treat to all NASCAR fans.  With the high banking and cramped pits/infield area, this track is the home to the best (in my opinion) racing on the circuit.

This track is not for the weary, though.  It takes a seasoned driver to maneuver his or her way around this track to come away with a victory.  Once again, I’m going with Team Hendrick this week.  The Hendrick drivers are great at this track, and I don’t see that changing.  It looks like it is going to be a hot one up on the Virginia/Tennessee border this weekend, so pay close attention to drivers getting ticked off.

It will definitely be a treat to see.  I’ll be in the pits this weekend, so I’ll have plenty to report next week.

Until then, keep ‘em clean.

About Jason Hildebrand

Jason Hildebrand was born in Cleveland, Tenn. and has lived his entire life in Bradley County. Jason started playing baseball at a very early age and went on to play at Cleveland High School where he graduated from in 1992. After graduation, Jason attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville before graduating from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
An avid sports fan, Jason’s is a season ticket holder at the The University of Alabama. He has been fortunate enough to be a part of the last two Crimson Tide National Championships (’09 BCS game in Pasadena, CA and ’11 BCS game in New Orleans, LA). Though he primarily cheers, “Roll Tide Roll!,” he keeps up with all Collegiate football, regionally and nationally.
He is currently a co-host on the Sports Drive and the sideline reporter for Cleveland High School. He has been blogging for BeaverDamUSA.com since 2014.
In Jason’s spare time he enjoys playing golf and cooking (outdoors). Jason is the son of Terry and Diane Hildebrand, from Cleveland, TN. His birthday is October 3rd , and he is also the husband of Emily Beaty.

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