Gordon Looks to Tie Waltrip at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 26, 1998) Jeff Gordon, with a victory in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, can tie racing legend Darrell Waltrip by winning his fourth straight spring event at the high-banked .533-mile oval. ...

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 26, 1998)

Jeff Gordon, with a victory in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, can tie racing legend Darrell Waltrip by winning his fourth straight spring event at the high-banked .533-mile oval.

Gordon has tied and broken a number of records in his five full seasons on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. But, his latest effort would be no small feat.

In 1995, Gordon won the first of three straight spring triumphs at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" when he drove his No. 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet to an easy 5.74-second margin of victory over Rusty Wallace. In that event, Gordon led 205 of 500 laps.

The following year, Gordon was declared the winner after he led 148 laps in the event that was shortened to 342 laps by rain.

Last year's Food City 500 is a staple in NASCAR Winston Cup Series highlight reels. Gordon nudged leader Wallace out of the way in Turn 3 on the final lap and won by .499 seconds.

"Bristol is a great race track for us, and we have to take advantage of that the way we did at Rockingham and Darlington," Gordon said of his victory at North Carolina Speedway and his runner-up at the track "Too Tough To Tame."

Gordon is a four-time winner at Darlington, where he tied Dale Earnhardt last fall as the only other winner of three consecutive Southern 500s. Gordon finished second to Dale Jarrett in the TranSouth Financial 400 last Sunday.

"Racing was fun last weekend," said Gordon, who scored only his second top-five finish of the season. "It was great to be racing for a win again. We've been struggling the last couple of races and haven't been close enough to even be in contention. We hope to be competitive again in Bristol."

Gordon has one win and two top-five finishes after the first five races of the 33-event season. He is fourth in the series point standings, 147 behind leader Wallace. His win at Rockingham in February marked his 30th visit to Victory Lane in his five-year career.

Gordon, in that time, has become a two-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion, the youngest Daytona 500 winner and one of only two winners of the "Winston Million" $1 million bonus.

The 26-year-old, who came from open-wheel racing to the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division prior to joining the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has a lot of unrealized goals in the senior circuit. Therefore, changing the history books a few more times in his career may very well be a reality in the near future.

   A victory Sunday at Bristol would be the first step.
   
   Source: NASCAR Online 

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Rusty Wallace