2014 NASCAR standings: Jeff Gordon: 'It's frustrating to not win'

Streeter Lecka

Jeff Gordon would gladly trade his points lead for a couple of wins.

Jeff Gordon finished runner-up to Joey Logano on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, and increased his points lead to five over second-place Matt Kenseth. But Gordon would gladly exchange that lead for a couple of wins, as this season the emphasis is on winning and through nine races he remains winless.

"Normally I'd be ecstatic with leading the points and where we're at and consistency, but right now those wins are just so important," Gordon said. "I mean, I'd rather be 12th in points right now with three wins than be leading the points."

That first win of 2014 nearly came in the Toyota Owners 400, as Gordon was part of a four-way fight for the lead with five laps to go that also included Logano, Kenseth and Brad Keselowski.

It was a fierce contest that saw race-leader Kenseth doggedly try and hold off Gordon and a charging Keselowski. But contact between the three opened the door for Logano, who took advantage of the circumstances to win his second race of the year.

"Joey was in the right place there," Gordon said. "He had a good short-run car, and we were battling it out. Matt was making his car really super-wide, which you've got to do to try to win, and we were just battling hard.

"It just didn't come down the way that we needed it to."

It's a familiar refrain from Gordon, who has been in position several times to win this season but has yet to do so. Certain victory slipped away from him at Fontana because of a late caution, and Logano passed Gordon for the win on the white flag lap at Texas.

Nonetheless, Gordon knows his team is close to breaking through.

"It's frustrating to not win," Gordon said, "but also each time we run this good, it builds more confidence and momentum that we're going to get that win soon. ... As good as we're running, I definitely feel like we can win races just about anywhere that we go."

Sprint Cup Standings
Rank Driver Points Behind Win
1 Jeff Gordon 341 0
2 Matt Kenseth 336 -5 0
3 Carl Edwards 313 -28 1
4 Kyle Busch 310 -31 1
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 309 -32 1
6 Joey Logano 292 -49 2
7 Brad Keselowski 287 -54 1
8 Jimmie Johnson 282 -59 0
9 Ryan Newman 272 -69 0
10 Brian Vickers 256 -85 0
11 Greg Biffle 256 -85 0
12 Austin Dillon 252 -89 0
13 Kyle Larson 251 -90 0
14 Denny Hamlin 245 -96 0
15 Tony Stewart 243 -98 0
16 Marcos Ambrose 242 -99 0
17 A.J. Allmendinger 240 -101 0
18 Paul Menard 226 -115 0
19 Jamie McMurray 226 -115 0
20 Kevin Harvick 220 -121 2
21 Clint Bowyer 220 -121 0
22 Kasey Kahne 216 -125 0
23 Casey Mears 213 -128 0
24 Aric Almirola 211 -130 0
25 Kurt Busch 185 -156 1
26 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 184 -157 0
27 Martin Truex Jr. 182 -159 0
28 Justin Allgaier 173 -168 0
29 Danica Patrick 153 -188 0
30 David Gilliland 147 -194 0
31 David Ragan 121 -220 0
32 Reed Sorenson 120 -221 0
33 Alex Bowman 116 -225 0
34 Michael Annett 116 -225 0
35 Cole Whitt 108 -233 0

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