Jeff Gordon and his fans have experienced quite a roller coaster of a season. With his chances of qualifying for the Chase for the Championship at stake, Gordon will come to Atlanta hoping for an upswing during the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Atlanta Motor Speedway has treated Gordon well in recent years. He has finished no worse than second in the past two races at AMS, winning in 2011 in a memorable duel with Jimmie Johnson while coming up just short of the win last year, finishing second in a race won by Denny Hamlin.
Gordon's past success at Atlanta bodes well for him coming into this year's NASCAR night race weekend at AMS. Gordon has experienced both highs and lows this season. While he has finished in the top five four times, he also has six finishes of 36th or worse as a result of either accidents or mechanical failures. Prior to Sunday's race at Watkins Glen when Gordon was caught up in a wreck on the 14th lap, he had logged five top tens in the past six races.
Gordon currently sits 13th in the points standings, only 15 points out of the top ten. While a win would move Gordon up in the wild card standings, he would not need a rely on the wild card if he his able to gain enough points during the next four races.
Like all drivers seeking a Chase berth, Gordon needs to gain as many points as possible, and he stands a good chance of doing so on Labor Day Weekend.