If the past three races are any indicators, the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit may have an "old man" mixing things up for not only a Chase seed, but multiple race wins during the summer stretch.
Jeff Gordon reminded competitors and fans that he's still got what it takes to contend regularly for victories in the Cup series, taking the checkered flag last Sunday at Pocono in his typical strategy: lurk all day with the leaders, racing the track rather than the competitors, and going after it during the final laps.
Parlaying great pit stops and strategies along with an adjustable, fast car, Gordon and crew chief Alan Gustafson have hit on a stride, although building consistency is a must for the No. 24 team.
Heading into Michigan, Gordon's one of the top active racers at this 2-mile speedway with two victories, 18-top fives and 23 top-10's in his previous 36 starts.
He's led 900 laps, which is third most for an active driver and he'll look to add on to that total and much more on Sunday.
What's been the difference with Gordon this year and the one that seemed to lack that killer instinct in 2010?
For one thing, they've been able to set-up their cars to be adjustable during long green-flag runs as well as short runs, where cautions seem to occur all over the place.
Gordon's finishes were inconsistent at Michigan last year, as he placed fourth during the spring race and came home 27th last summer due to tire problems.
However, he has those two wins (August of 1998, June '01) and his team has been riding the momentum wave on the fast speedways as of late.
Look for "Four-Time" to drive his way to the front, riding all-day in the top-five before he attacks for the win towards the finish.
Track Stats for Jeff Gordon at Michigan: 2 wins, 18-top-fives, 23 top-10's, 5 poles, 4 DNF's in 36 starts