It's quite easy to think that after the season's first two races, Jeff Gordon's 2009 appears headed in one direction.
A direction, that is, that will lead to his four Sprint Cup championship trophies earning a fifth partner on Gordon's mantle.
But lest we get caught up in the hype -- or is it desire? -- of seeing one of the sport's icons rise back to the top before realizing that the No. 24's disappointing 2008 started out in much the same fashion.