Three Wins in 11’ Not Good Enough for Stock Car Racing Veteran, Jeff Gordon – Shifting Gears to Ramp up First NASCAR Sprint Cup Since 01’ in 12’

Put yourself in the shoes of 40-year-old stock car racing sensation, and one of the top winning NASCAR drivers of all time, Jeff Gordon, and see how you would feel if you nearly won the Sprint Cup Championship back in 2007, only to come in second behind your teammate for Hendrick Motorsport, Jimmie Johnson, what it feels like to have been virtually winless while in the chase for four years and running.

He will tell that it is getting old (not winning cups that is), and it’s starting to make him feel old, too. This year, Gordon is predicting that it will once again be a championship year for the vet, even if he is feeling a bit old and even if he says that stock car racing is a “a young man’s sport.”

After a near cup win was dashed by his teammate back in 2007, it seems that the loss beset Gordon for the few years that followed. In 2008, he did not have any wins. In 2009 he had one. And in 2010 he was winless again. Then, he spurred back and won three races in 2011. But still, all of those wins combined did not add up to the six that he had when he last contended for the cup in 2007, only to be bested by Johnson.

While he has been in chase each year that followed 2007, and is always a stock car racing driver to keep your eyes on, a climb to third place in points last year quickly vanished, with Tony Stewart earning the Victory Lane kiss at the end of it all.

His latest weapon is found in his new crew chief, Alan Gustafson, whose aim is to help Gordon win his fifth Sprint Cup Championship in 2012.

“We’ve got the team to do it,” Gustafson told Fox Sports.

After three wins in 2001 and a third place standing, Gordon is reeling back from dismay. But Gustafson thinks that 2012 is also Gordon’s year for his fifth cup.

“I think Jeff and Tony are two of the few people who can do that,” Gustafson told Fox Sports. “What Tony did (winning the cup in 2011) was very inspirational to everyone.”

All things considered, Gordon looks as good as he ever has this year.

Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) Could See Another Vixen on the Tracks in the Near Future: Supermodel Maryeve Dufault

When you think about the competitive nature of stock car racing – or NASCAR – you think about the grit and might on the tracks. We often think about our favorite NASCAR drivers, how well they will fair in points, won pole positions and race victories, the off season, sponsorships and the always prevalent team changes.

One other thing that sometimes can cross our mind is what new NASCAR drivers will be on the course each year? And for that matter, will some previously unknown rookie driver best the elitists on the course and take home that shiny Sprint Cup?

In a sport that’s been dominated by men for the better part of a century, it’s often relieving and eye-opening to hear about women who are considering becoming pro stock car racing contenders. One such gal – who possesses equal wits and looks to boot – happens to be former Hawaiian Tropic Model, Maryeve Dufault.

In our search today for current and prospective female stock car racing drivers, we stumbled across some news that Maryeve Dufault has her eyes set on a pro career on the NASCAR circuit. But before you cross her off your list of potential new candidates for rookie drivers – and for female rookie drivers nonetheless – Dufault actually has a decently impressing racing resume.

In 2011, Dufault actually turned some heads in the ARCA series, where she showed she had some racing skills with 12 starts and by finishing 10th overall in Chicagoland. Not too shabby for a new driver who was a former supermodel.

Dufault is no stranger to racing, either. She got her start in Go-Kart racing during her youth, as well as in motocross, and open-wheel racing. Now, she is seeking to quell all doubts about her talents by gaining sponsorships for a run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. She also drove the #81 car for No. 81 for MacDonald Motorsports in Montreal in 2011.

From Hawaii Tropic to Maxim model and now potentially over to NASCAR – we are hoping that Dufault gets a chance to keep showing off her skills, and not just sultry good looks, on the professional racing circuit this year.