Charlotte Gordon hopes to tie record in The Winston

Concord, N.C. - In only his eighth career start in The Winston, Jeff Gordon will look to tie the record for the most wins in NASCAR Winston Cup's all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night. With a win, Gordon, who won The...

Concord, N.C. - In only his eighth career start in The Winston, Jeff Gordon will look to tie the record for the most wins in NASCAR Winston Cup's all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

With a win, Gordon, who won The Winston in 1995 and 1997, will tie the late seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt for the most wins in the annual event which began in 1985. Earnhardt won The Winston in 1987, 1990 and 1993. Gordon is currently tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Terry Labonte and the late Davey Allison who have also won the all-star race twice.

"Just to be in The Winston is a tremendous accomplishment for any driver," said Gordon. "It's hard for me to imagine that this is my eighth start and I've actually won it twice.

"We've had some good runs in The Winston in the past and as long as we're around for the final segment, I think we've got a shot at winning. There is some strategy involved, depending how many cars are inverted and whether we decide to pit before the final 10-lap sprint, but our strategy has always been to move to the front on every lap regardless of which segment we're in.

"You've got to get to the front as fast as you can. It's hard to get much more aggressive than we have in the past here at The Winston, but I think you're going to see a lot of aggressive driving."

Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo, is also the only active driver to have swept the May races at Lowe's Motor Speedway by winning The Winston and the 600 in the same year (1997). The only other drivers who have accomplished this feat are recently retired Darrell Waltrip (1985), along with Allison (1991) and Earnhardt (1993). "I'm in some good company with those guys," said Gordon. "They certainly left their mark on stock car racing and paved the way for guys like me to be successful."

-Jon Edwards

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Terry Labonte , Davey Allison
Teams Hendrick Motorsports