Dover: Jeff Gordon preview

TEAM DUPONT LOOKING FOR ANOTHER "MONSTER" RACE AT DOVER DOVER, Del. (May 27, 2008) - Jeff Gordon has had several "monster" weekends in DuPont's backyard, and the four-time Dover International Speedway winner hopes this Sunday's Best Buy 400 ...

TEAM DUPONT LOOKING FOR ANOTHER "MONSTER" RACE AT DOVER

DOVER, Del. (May 27, 2008) - Jeff Gordon has had several "monster" weekends in

DuPont's backyard, and the four-time Dover International Speedway winner hopes this Sunday's Best Buy 400 provides another.

Gordon grabbed his first win at the one-mile track in the fall of 1995 in dominating fashion, leading 400 of 500 laps. In 1996, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion led 510 of 1,000 laps en route to a sweep at "The Monster Mile." Gordon's fourth victory here occurred in 2001 when he led 381 of a possible 400 laps.

"It would be nice to have another race like that this weekend," said Gordon, who has three poles, 13 top-fives and 18 top-10's in his 30 starts. "Every weekend, our goal is to qualify near the front, run up front, lead laps and have a chance at the win. But this is a tough place to get around - it's fast and there's always a lot of action." But dominance does not always end in victory. During his 13-win championship season of 1998, Gordon came "oh-so-close" at Dover. After starting second, he led 375 of 400 laps before a late pit stop for fuel relegated him to a third-place finish.

"Fuel strategy can play a role in determining the outcome of a race, and we used it to our advantage last weekend in Charlotte," said Gordon, who ran the final 62 laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway without stopping to secure a fourth-place finish in the 600-mile event. "We needed track position during the race and could never seem to get it, so we decided to gamble."

The result gave Team DuPont their second consecutive top-five finish. It also marked their third straight top-10 finish, a stretch of races that has moved Gordon up four positions to 10th in the point standings. "It's been a battle," Gordon said. "We fought back from a lap down at Richmond and Charlotte to get a good result. Hopefully, we can have another good finish this weekend. "This is always a special race for this team. We want to run well since DuPont's headquarters are located in nearby Wilmington. We'll visit with many of the employees this

Thursday and many of them will be at the track cheering us on. "It's our chance to thank them for all they do to support us."

Another way to say thanks? With a "monster" win on Sunday.

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon