Jeff Gordon Looks for Fifth-Straigh Road Course Win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – On June 27, 1999, Jeff Gordon did what no NASCAR Winston Cup driver has done before. On that day, the three-time Winston Cup champion won his fourth consecutive road coarse race. Now, going into this Sunday's...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – On June 27, 1999, Jeff Gordon did what no NASCAR Winston Cup driver has done before. On that day, the three-time Winston Cup champion won his fourth consecutive road coarse race. Now, going into this Sunday's Frontier at the Glen at Watkins Glen International, Gordon will be working towards an unprecedented fifth consecutive road coarse win. "It's pretty amazing to me that we've won the last four road course races," said Gordon. "Especially with competition like Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace and even Bobby Hamilton who came on strong last year on the road courses. "This DuPont Automotive Finishes team has worked real hard on our road course program, and it has definitely paid off." Gordon tested at Watkins Glen just after the last race at Pocono last month, trying out the concrete that has been added to the corners. Gordon was pleased with the results. "We tested at Watkins Glen last month," said Gordon. "The track is a little different since they put concrete down in the corners. I really like the concrete-- it's got grip and I know it's going to be consistent." Gordon's track record at Watkins Glen is impressive. In six total starts in the 90-lap event, Gordon has two consecutive wins, one pole, four top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average finish is 8.16. Gordon's improvement at the 2.45-mile road course is evident when considering how his average finish has improved over the years. In the five starts at Watkins Glen since his rookie year, when he finished thirty-first due to engine problems, Gordon's average finish is 3.6. In the last four years, his average is 2.25. In the last three years, his average finish is 2. And in his last two starts, his average finish is 1. In fact, Gordon's average finish in the last four road course races, which include the last two events at Sears Point Raceway, is 1. In addition, Gordon's average starting position for the last three road course races is 1. He achieved his first road course pole last year at Sears Point Raceway and will be attempting his fourth consecutive road course pole on Friday. So far this season, Gordon has four wins, seven poles, 12 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. He is currently sixth in points, 507 behind leader Dale Jarrett with 14 races remaining. "If Jarrett keeps going this season the way that he has, nobody's going to catch him," said Gordon. "One race, or even one position for us isn't going to determine anything as far as points are concerned. We just need to keep going out there every week and work hard, try to win races and see what happens." Maybe what will happen is that Gordon will win his fifth consecutive road course race this Sunday.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Mark Martin