One would think that after winning at Talladega Superspeedway six times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series a driver would have figured out the best way to get there a seventh time.
But in the case of Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team that is definitely not the case.
Asked this week what his strategy would be on Sunday at the 2.66 mile oval, Gordon said he didn’t have one.
“There is no set strategy that works best,” he said. “If there was, we all would be doing it.
“Drafting can be fun and the finish is usually exciting, but you don’t know when, where or if you’re going to be caught up in the ‘big one.”
“I’ve raced up front and been caught up in a wreck. I’ve also been involved while running in the middle of the pack and also while running what I thought was a conservative distance back of the main pack.
“But I’ve also won using each of those strategies.
“You may have to use each at some point during the race. You just need to be willing to change and adjust if a different plan will put you in a better position to win.”
And it’s not because Gordon doesn’t know what he is doing, with his six wins he has three poles, 14 top-fives and 18 top-10’s in 39 starts and led for 832 laps at the big oval.