Jeff Gordon ended the regular season with three-consecutive top-three finishes, including a win at Atlanta. Going into the final 10 races of the Chase, Gordon was among the favorites to end Jimmie Johnson's reign as NASCAR champion.
Four races into the Chase and Gordon is 47 points out of the lead and in danger of being eliminated from championship contention all together.
But Gordon is not giving up - not yet at least.
The four-time champion admitted Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that the Chase has "not gone the way we hoped" and that to climb out of their current situation and win the title, they would have to "win a bunch of races."
However, their approach towards that goal has not changed, and will not change - until they are mathematically eliminated from winning the championship.
Gordon said it was "very disappointing" to fall to 10th in the points after the first four races of the Chase, but is proud of his team's effort throughout the season.
"This has been a great year no matter what happens," he said. "We were extremely excited about coming into this Chase with the momentum that we had as a team and just the wins that we have had and the great things that are happening to this team."
Currently more than a full race out of the Chase lead, Gordon needs "great things" to happen if he hopes to earn that elusive fifth title.