MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon, a four-time array champion and nine-time foe leader during Martinsville Speedway, spent time with motorist Chase Elliott and a No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports group here Tuesday during a opening day of a two-day organizational exam for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams.
Gordon, who late from full-time foe during a finish of 2015, won 93 times in a Hendrick Motorsports entrance in further to his 4 titles. His final feat came here in ’15 during a little .526-mile lane and warranted him a berth in a Championship 4 during Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Just examination and unresolved out with a guys,” Gordon told NASCAR.com during a lunch mangle that consisted of duck tenders and waffle fries.
“(Chase) ran flattering good here during a final foe … though it’s a wily place. Alan (Gustafson, organisation chief) and we were articulate about them contrast adult here and he pronounced ‘Hey, if you’re available, we’d adore to have we adult there.’ ”
Elliott, a son of 1988 array champion Bill Elliott, is one of 12 drivers still in row for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. While he has nonetheless to measure his initial win in a series, Elliott has finished second in 3 of a 4 playoff races contested, and is fourth in a standings as a array prepares to conduct to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for Sunday’s Alabama 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).
Gordon, 46, now serves as a foe researcher for FOX during a NASCAR broadcasts; he also continues to work for Hendrick Motorsports. Although he joked that there was “nothing” he could assistance Elliott or a group with during Martinsville, he did contend that examination other cars and a lines opposite drivers were using could be helpful.
“See if there is something we can learn from that,” Gordon said. “This place, it takes discipline; there is a stroke and a fortify and I’ve come here for many, many years and each time we came here for a foe we had to find it again.”
Elliott, 21, will be creation only his fifth career start during Martinsville when a lane hosts a First Data 500 on Oct. 29. He finished third here in a open race.
“It’s unequivocally useful for us,” Elliott pronounced during a lunch break. “We don’t have many opportunities to exam in ubiquitous so when we can come exam during a lane that we onslaught at, we typically don’t get to do that.”
He pronounced he hoped to “find some coherence in what I’m doing behind a circle and unequivocally some of a things we did here in a spring. …
“Just perplexing to find that stroke if it exists and if so find it and try to have a things prepared as most as we can for a foe when we come back.”
While he is winless in 71 career starts, Elliott does have 6 runner-up finishes. His fifth came dual weeks ago during Dover, when what seemed to be a breakthrough feat slipped from his grasp in a loss laps of a race.
Gordon pronounced he has been tender with how Elliott bounced behind a following week, finishing second during Charlotte.
“Man he rebounded unbelievably like it never even phased him,” Gordon said. “Even as tough as he is on himself we consider a flattering cold thing is that he doesn’t concede that to impact him for long. we consider that’s unequivocally important.
“All a second-place finishes, we meant we hatred to finish second though finishing second is still flattering damn good.”