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GORDON HUNTS RECORD-BREAKING FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WIN AT BRISTOL BRISTOL, Tenn. - April showers bring May flowers, but an April race at Bristol Motor Speedway may bring Jeff Gordon his fifth victory in as many years in this Sunday's Food...

GORDON HUNTS RECORD-BREAKING FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WIN AT BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. - April showers bring May flowers, but an April race at Bristol Motor Speedway may bring Jeff Gordon his fifth victory in as many years in this Sunday's Food City 500. Gordon, who is feeling fine after a hard hit into the Texas Motor Speedway outside retaining wall two weeks ago when a right front tire went down, is ready to tackle the first short track event of the season. "I'm feeling much better," said Gordon, driver of the DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet. "My ribs are still a little bit sore and I can feel it mostly when I take a deep breath. I feel fortunate that nothing was cracked, chipped or broken. I've just been sore." "I'm ready for Bristol, though. I won't need a relief driver or anything like that this weekend. A test at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Wednesday will hopefully prove useful to us on Sunday. We hope that we can find a way to help protect my ribs while I'm in the car." If Gordon were to take the checkers this weekend, the three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion will also take sole possession of the record for the most consecutive wins in the spring race at Bristol which he now shares with another three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion -- Darrell Waltrip. In fact, he would become the only driver in the modern era to win the same event five consecutive times. "I'm amazed that we've won as many as we have at Bristol," said Gordon. "Everybody always talks about our four-in-a-row streak at Darlington and it almost makes you forget about the streak we have at Bristol. "When we won this race last year, it was unbelievable that we were even mentioned in the same sentence with a guy who can drive Bristol like Darrell can," said Gordon. "However, we haven't done nearly what Darrell has here." Waltrip is credited with a string of seven wins after winning four spring and three fall events between 1981 and 1984, and has a total of 12 career wins at Bristol, more than any other driver. In the last eight races at Bristol, Gordon has four wins, six top-fives and seven top-10's for an average finish of 6.5, and has led nearly one-fourth of the laps. "Bristol is a track that I like going to," said Gordon. "It's a track where we're always competitive, although it seems that we're more competitive during the day races than we are for the night races." Going into the seventh event of the 34-race NASCAR Winston Cup Series season, Gordon has two wins, four top-fives and two DNF's. After finishing last at Texas, Gordon fell from the second points position to fourth, 119 behind leader Jeff Burton. However, the finish in Texas was only the second last place finish that Gordon has experienced in his decorated career. In 195 starts, Gordon's 44 wins, 25 poles and three NASCAR Winston Cup championships are just the beginning of his many accomplishments. If spring fever strikes Gordon again this year at Bristol, five Food City 500 wins may very well be added to that list.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon