Gordon branched out a bit more than normal in 2010, turning the reigns of the No. 7 car over to multiple drivers during the course of the season as he participated in off-road events. He made 27 starts in his own right and finished the year with a 29.1 average finish. More importantly, the No. 7 car finished in the top 35 in owner points, guaranteeing him a spot in the field for the first five races of the 2011 season.
Despite being locked in the field to start the season, Gordon has made it clear he does not intend to run full time. The exact number of starts he intends to make is unclear, but somewhere in the neighborhood 15-20 appears to be likely. He managed seven top-25 finishes last season, but if he makes fewer starts, that total is going to decrease.
That being said, he is still worth grabbing on draft day. He is essentially a road course ringer that is going to make appearances at oval tracks. In 25 career road course starts, Gordon has two wins and 10 top-five finishes. Last year, he finished second at Infineon. He has more value than a typical road course ringer, and he is definitely worth a bench spot.
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