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Gordon Set For Two Races at Lowe's Motor Speedway CONCORD, N.C. (May 23, 2006) -- Jeff Gordon expects Sunday's 600-miler at Lowe's Motor Speedway to be two separate races. And the differences between the two will be, well, night and day. This ...

Gordon Set For Two Races at Lowe's Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. (May 23, 2006) -- Jeff Gordon expects Sunday's 600-miler at Lowe's Motor Speedway to be two separate races. And the differences between the two will be, well, night and day. This Sunday night's event -- the longest race on the schedule -- is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. At that time, track temperatures should be high while the grip between the hard-compound Goodyear tire and the newly repaved track should be low. As the race progresses into the night, track temperatures will cool leading to better grip.

"This weekend's race will be exciting and it's going to be a survival race," said Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet. "These tires are so finicky. I'm sure they'll be a handful when the race begins.

"We're actually going to be running two different races. We'll probably start with a little bit different spring package than we used to finish third in the All-Star race. We may do something with spring rubbers to allow us to adjust to the changing track conditions.

"The second race begins when the sun goes down and the track cools. You need to anticipate the changing conditions and stay ahead of them."

In 13 career starts in this event, Gordon has posted three wins including his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in 1994, five poles which occurred consecutively from 1994 - 1998, six top-five's, eight top-10's and he has led at least one lap in 10 of those events. Overall, he has four wins, seven poles (the most of any active driver), 13 top-fives and 15 top-10's in 26 career starts at the North Carolina track.

If Gordon captures his fifth win this Sunday, he will tie Richard Petty, the late Dale Earnhardt and recent Lowe's Motor Speedway dominator and teammate Jimmie Johnson for third on the list of all-time victories at the quad-oval.

"Jimmie really has a knack for getting everything out of the car here," Gordon said. "You never really know why a driver and a team just 'click' at a place, but they have really hit on something here.

"Sure, it's nice to see a teammate winning. And I'll pull for him to win if there's no chance that we'll pull into Victory Lane. "But this DuPont team wants to win, and he's part of the competition."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Richard Petty