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Gordon's using 2008 to set the table for another title run in 2009

Absolutely nothing. Sure, the new car has given the four-time Cup champ fits at times, but Jeff Gordon is still one of the top drivers in the Cup garage, writes Marty Smith.

Originally Published: October 29, 2008
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

I spent the weekend in the First Turn reserved campground at Atlanta Motor Speedway, slumbering like a sardine with eight in-laws in a beer-packed motor home I drove to Georgia from Charlotte in what would classify as a midsummer Midwest tornado.

Downtown Atlanta was dicey, like Level 10 on Frogger, cars shooting across five lanes of traffic in an effort to get to the Golden Corral buffet 2.6 seconds quicker.

I now have an idea what a tight race car feels ...

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