Jeff Gordon heads to Dover - sponsor's home

Dover, Del. If Jeff Gordon and the Rainbow Warriors were to have problems, sponsorship wouldn't be one of them. That is the sentiment of the No. 24 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team which has struggled with finding the setups for the...

Dover, Del. If Jeff Gordon and the Rainbow Warriors were to have problems, sponsorship wouldn't be one of them. That is the sentiment of the No. 24 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team which has struggled with finding the setups for the new 2000 Monte Carlo this season but is assured sponsorship from DuPont, the only primary sponsor they've ever known, through 2005. Just a little more than a week after DuPont announced its sponsorship contract extension, Gordon heads to this weekend's event at Dover Downs, but not without first stopping in Wilmington, Del., to visit DuPont's corporate headquarters for Employee Appreciation Day. "We've always appreciated the folks at DuPont," said Gordon. "But this year, after the contract they just signed with myself and Hendrick Motorsports, I especially appreciate them!" After spending the day at DuPont on Thursday, Gordon will continue on to Dover for Sunday's MBNA Platinum 400 in pursuit of his second win of the season and his fourth at the one-mile track. "We've had a lot of success at Dover," said Gordon. "However, it's been a few years since we've won here. We want to come out here and start up front and be competitive. "Hopefully, the information from the Goodyear tire test we conducted here will help us to run better. We'll at least understand the characteristics of the tire on this track. "It's a very fast track. There are not many one-mile tracks as fast as Dover and it's hard to find the right balance for the car here -- to get the car to react smoothly. "We've struggled with the new Monte Carlo but we feel like we know how to get around this track and run well, no matter what's going on aerodynamically from one car to another." Gordon's track record at "The Monster Mile" consists of three wins, two poles, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 14 starts. "A win this weekend would be a nice way to say ‘thank you' to the folks at DuPont for what they've done and continue to do for this team," said Gordon. And DuPont would sure appreciate it, too.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon