Kansas: Jeff Gordon preview

FOUR-LEAF CLOVER FOR FOUR-TIME CHAMPION GORDON AT KANSAS KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 29, 2009) - After an air gun failure during a crucial pit stop late in Sunday's race at Dover caused him to lose valuable positions, Jeff Gordon refused to...

FOUR-LEAF CLOVER FOR FOUR-TIME CHAMPION GORDON AT KANSAS

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 29, 2009) - After an air gun failure during a crucial pit stop late in Sunday's race at Dover caused him to lose valuable positions, Jeff Gordon refused to blame it on bad luck. But that is not stopping the No. 24 team from placing a four-leaf clover on the DuPont Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway this weekend.

Last Sunday, the "slap knob" that changes the direction of the rotating socket on the impact wrench failed during a pit stop with less than 75 laps to go at Dover with Gordon running second. He lost numerous positions during the exchange but rallied to finish sixth.

"I'm not a big believer in luck," said Gordon, who is eighth in the point standings and 122 markers behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin entering Sunday's Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods. "I believe you make your own luck by putting yourself in position with great communication, great preparation and just hard work."

"These are some of the same vital qualities that 4-H teaches our nation's youth."

Therefore, while Gordon may not believe in luck, it is fitting that the 4-H four-leaf clover will appear on his car in Kansas. DuPont, a premier sponsor of 4- H National Youth Science Day (October 7), is helping raise awareness of the organization during National 4-H Week (October 4 - 10) by placing the 4-H emblem and website address (www.4-H.org) on the TV Panel of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet during Sunday's 400-mile event. 4-H National Youth Science Day is an annual celebration for the 100-year-old youth development organization, and DuPont is helping 4-H build a pipeline of our nation's future scientists and engineers.

While millions of TV viewers will view the logo, Gordon is hoping 42 other drivers get a clear view of it, as well.

"I'm really excited heading into this weekend," said Gordon, who has two wins, five top-fives and six top-10's in eight starts at the 1.5-mile track. "We really stepped up our mile-and-a-half and two-mile program this year, and about half of the 'Chase' races are intermediate tracks.

"There are still eight races left, and that's plenty of time to make up our deficit. But we know we won't make it up in one week.

"We just need to gradually chip away at it."

Good luck.

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports