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NASCAR Driver of the Year vote: 9th

You voted Jeff Gordon into 9th place in Crash.net's NASCAR Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2012:
9. Jeff Gordon

Birthdate: August 4, 1971
Hometown: Vallejo, CA
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Crew chief: Alan Gustafson
2012 starts: 36
Poles: 2
Wins: 2
Top 5: 11
Top 10: 18
Annual earnings: $6,113,130
Championship points: 2303
Championship position: 10th
Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 6th

Jeff Gordon is always one of the popular stars of NASCAR, but his lower position in the Crash.net poll this year compared with 2011 acknowledges the fact that this wasn't exactly a vintage season for the four-time champion. Right up to the end, it seemed like he would even miss out on the Chase altogether until a final effort at Richmond saw him pip Kyle Busch for a place at the last moment.

Unfortunately Gordon didn't have the best of starts to the Chase, and it wasn't really his fault when a stuck throttle put him into the wall at Chicago; however, his actions in the penultimate race which saw him wreck Clint Bowyer in a brazen bit of retaliation didn't exactly do him much credit.

Fortunately Gordon finished the season on a high with a terrific win at Homestead-Miami, which shows there is still plenty of life left in the old dog yet.

Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:

9. Jeff Gordon
10. Greg Biffle


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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 9, 2012, in Avondale, Ariz. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, poses in Victory Lane after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
#24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, lead the field to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 23, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, collide on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Hendrick Motorsports` Jeff Gordon (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Smoke pours from the Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, and a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo Credit: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo Credit: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush’s Grillin Beans Charcoal  Chevrolet SS, races to a seventh place finish Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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