GORDON THE ONE TO FEAR AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY? CONCORD, N.C. (October 13, 2009) - During the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America, should what is on - or inside - the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet be feared? In Saturday night's race at ...
GORDON THE ONE TO FEAR AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY?
CONCORD, N.C. (October 13, 2009) - During the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America, should what is on - or inside - the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet be feared?
In Saturday night's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon will drive a specially painted No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet promoting the October 20 debut of TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen on DVD and Blu-ray. MEGATRON, the malevolent leader of the DECEPTICONS, will be featured on the Hendrick Motorsports Impala SS.
But it may be Gordon and the No. 24 team that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors should fear. After beginning the Chase with a 15th-place finish at Loudon, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has posted the best average finish in the last three races (3.33) on the heels of two consecutive runner-up finishes.
"The last couple of weeks have gone well," said Gordon, who is fifth in the point standings and 105 behind leader Jimmie Johnson. "Even though we have consecutive second-place finishes, at different times during each race it didn't appear that we'd finish that strong. But we battled hard to get those finishes.
"And this DuPont team will continue to battle hard through the final six races."
Three of those final six races occur on ovals 1.5 to two miles in length - a strong point of the No. 24 team. In the last 16 events on those types of tracks, Gordon has finished in the top-two in nine (56 percent). During that span, the 82- time winner has 15 top-10's with the lone exception being the 600-miler here in May.
Or, more accurately, the 340.5-miler. The rain-shortened event was a battle for the No. 24 team. After starting the race from the third position, Gordon fell to 29th by lap 115 - more than half of the laps completed that day. But crew chief Steve Letarte made some timely chassis adjustments and Gordon actually raced his way back into the top 10 before a pit stop - and then rain - resulted in a 14th-place finish.
"I'm looking forward to this weekend because of how strong we've been on the intermediate tracks," said Gordon, who has five wins, seven poles, 15 top- fives and 18 top-10's in 33 career starts at the North Carolina track. "And the 'new' double-file restart rule should make it exciting for the drivers and the fans.
"We've used the double-file restarts at Lowe's in the All-Star events in the past, and I expect it'll be the same this weekend.
"Intense and crazy."