June 24 – – Jeff Gordon has built nearly a 400-point cushion between himself and the cutoff position in the chase for the championship. With 10 events before the chase begins, it’s a near certainty that Gordon will be one of the 12 drivers to qualify. As such, he knows that victories in the next 10 weeks are critical to close the bonus point gap in the chase standings. He trails Kyle Busch and Mark Martin by 20 points, and Jimmie Johnson by 10 points in the chase standings. Gordon hasn’t visited victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since the infamous tiregate scandal of August 1998. There’s no better time to snap the New England winless drought than Sunday afternoon.