GORDON EYES SIXTH CONSECUTIVE POLE, THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN CONCORD, N.C.â€“ Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon will attempt to achieve his sixth consecutive pole on Wednesday for the 600-mile event at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
GORDON EYES SIXTH CONSECUTIVE POLE, THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN
CONCORD, N.C.– Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon will attempt to achieve his sixth consecutive pole on Wednesday for the 600-mile event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. If successful, Gordon will break the tie he has with David Pearson for the most consecutive poles in the 600. Then, Gordon will look to drive his DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet to victory for the third-consecutive time in this Sunday's 600, which would bring his number of wins for this event to four. Not bad for a driver who has started the event just six times. "Charlotte has been a good track for us," said Gordon. "We've had a lot of success here, especially in the 600, and I hope we continue to have success here. "The Winston last weekend was a good test for us. We'll see if we have anything for them on Wednesday night. There are several cars that have a shot at the pole -- the 18 car is going to be tough to beat. However, I think we're going to be one of the cars to beat on Sunday." Gordon's six poles at LMS leads all active drivers. The three times he has won here, he has done so from the pole position and in the 600, including his first Winston Cup career victory here in 1994. A win on Sunday would not only increase Gordon's winning streak, but would also increase his bank account to the tune of $1 million dollars plus race earnings. That is because he is eligible for the Winston No Bull 5, million-dollar bonus after finishing in the top five at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this year. Gordon has won the bonus money three times in less than two years. "The Winston No Bull 5 is a great program," said Gordon. "I know the reason I think it's so great is because I've taken a few of those million. "The program really makes it exciting for the fans because we've had some great racing in some of the No Bull races where the eligible drivers are really battling it out at the end. "I remember racing Rusty Wallace and Bobby Labonte in the 600 last year. They were eligible to win the million and we weren't and we were able to hold them off in the end. Hopefully, we'll be able to do it again this year." Last year, Gordon's momentum toward his second consecutive Winston Cup championship picked up after winning this race. Although Gordon had two wins in the 10 races leading up to the 600 in 1998, he finished 16th or higher four times. Starting with the 600, Gordon achieved 11 more wins and finished in the top five in all but one of the remaining 23 races. This year, after 11 of 34 events, Gordon has three wins, three poles, six top-fives, seven top-10's and three DNF's leaving him fifth in the points standings, 250 behind leader Dale Jarrett. A sixth consecutive pole followed by a third consecutive win at LMS, might just be what the DuPont team needs to carry out the rest of this season much like they did the last.