Jeff Gordon looks to win California

UPON WINNING AT TALLADEGA...SHOULD GORDON WIN AT CALIFORNIA FONTANA, Calif. - As three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon heads west to this weekend's race at California Speedway, he hopes for a continuation of success in light of...

UPON WINNING AT TALLADEGA...SHOULD GORDON WIN AT CALIFORNIA

FONTANA, Calif. - As three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon heads west to this weekend's race at California Speedway, he hopes for a continuation of success in light of his recent win. Upon winning at Talladega Superspeedway on April 16, Gordon became the ninth winner in nine races this season. Should he win at California, he will become the first repeat winner of the 2000 season. Upon winning at Talladega Superspeedway, Gordon achieved his 50th career win. Should he win at California, he will break the tie for eighth place on the all-time win list by surpassing Rusty Wallace, Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson. Upon winning at Talladega, Gordon experienced his first win with a new over-the-wall pit crew, new crew chief Robbie Loomis, and a newly designed Chevrolet Monte Carlo. After qualifying in the 36th-starting position and working hard to get to the front, the team does not feel like the win was a fluke. Instead, they hope to use this win to carry momentum going into this weekend's race. Should Gordon win at California, it will be his third win in three races at the 2-mile oval. "I really look forward to going back to California now that we've won," said Gordon. "We really thought one of our best chances to get back to victory lane would be at California because we're confident that we'll have a good setup. "Now that we've won, I think that this whole team's confidence has been boosted. A win can really do a lot for a team. "Not only that, but this is a track where we've really hit on the setup well. We're comfortable that we have good aerodynamics and good horsepower, which is key because there is a lot of straightaway." And confident he should be. In three starts at California Speedway, Gordon has two wins -- the inaugural California 500 in 1997 and last year's event. In 1998, Gordon started on the pole and finished fourth. His average start is 3.0 and his average finish is 2.0. Upon winning at Talladega, Gordon is back. Should he win at California, he's back to stay.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Rusty Wallace , Ned Jarrett , Robbie Loomis