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LOUDON, N.H. – Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon will look for his second win in as many races at New Hampshire International Speedway in this weekend's Jiffy Lube 300. In last September's CMT 300 at NHIS,...

LOUDON, N.H. – Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon will look for his second win in as many races at New Hampshire International Speedway in this weekend's Jiffy Lube 300. In last September's CMT 300 at NHIS, Gordon drove his DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet to victory from the pole position. He also won the inaugural CMT 300 one year prior, making him the only winner of that event. In addition, Gordon won the Jiffy Lube 300 in 1995, making him the only three-time winner at NHIS. However, in addition to the success he has had at New Hampshire, Gordon also experienced the same roller coaster effect in his first eight starts at NHIS that he has experienced in the first half of the 1999 season. In addition to the wins and a third and seventh-place finish, Gordon has finished 20th or worse three times at the 1-mile oval. Likewise, at the halfway point of the 1999 season, Gordon has four wins, three seconds, three thirds and a sixth-place finish. However, after 17 of 34 events, Gordon also has four DNF's and has finished 20th or worse on two other occasions. He is currently fifth in the point standings, 394 behind leader Dale Jarrett. "We've had a lot of success at New Hampshire," said Gordon. "But we've also had our share of problems. Hopefully, those problems are behind us now -- both at New Hampshire and for the rest of the season. "We've had to overcome some obstacles this year and we certainly have our work cut out for us. However, this team is as strong as it's ever been and we just need to keep working hard like we always have and try to get some consistent finishes during the rest of the season." If Gordon and his team of Rainbow Warriors go on a tear the second half of this season -- the way they did the second half of last season -- look out. After the first 17 races in 1998, Gordon went on to achieve nine wins, four seconds, two fifths and a seventh-place finish. His average finish for the second half of the ‘98 season was 2.125. He led laps in all but three of those events and led the most laps five times. With that in mind, and the whole second half of the 1999 season remaining, it is completely within the realm of possibility, both theoretically and mathematically, that the No. 24 DuPont team could find itself in position to battle for a third consecutive championship as the second half of the season unfolds.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett