Jeff Gordon Sears Point Preview

GORDON ON A ROAD COURSE ROLL SONOMA, Calif. – Since he won his first road course race, Jeff Gordon is undefeated on road courses. As the NASCAR Winston Cup series heads out West for this Sunday's Save Mart/Kragen 350k at Sears...

GORDON ON A ROAD COURSE ROLL

SONOMA, Calif. – Since he won his first road course race, Jeff Gordon is undefeated on road courses. As the NASCAR Winston Cup series heads out West for this Sunday's Save Mart/Kragen 350k at Sears Point Raceway, Gordon will be looking to capture his fourth consecutive road course win. It all started with a win at Watkins Glen in 1997. Then in 1998, Gordon swept the road course events by driving his DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet to victory, first at Sears Point and then, once again, at Watkins Glen. "I grew up racing on oval tracks and never had the opportunity to get out on the road courses," said Gordon. "I only knew how to turn left." However, it did not take long for Gordon to acquire a "knack" for road course racing. In 1993, Gordon's rookie year, he finished 11th in his first Winston Cup road course event at Sears Point. And with the exception of engine troubles that same year at Watkins Glen and mechanical problems his sophomore year at Sears Point, that is Gordon's worst finish in 12 road course starts. "Racing on road courses is a lot of fun, especially now that we know we can win on them. I'm looking forward to racing at Sears Point this weekend. "Having grown up right down the road in Vallejo, the fans always make me feel at home here, and we feel optimistic about our chances." Gordon has had stellar performances at Sear Point. In the last four events here, he has an average finish of 3.0. Last year, Gordon won from the pole. In a season filled with trial and tribulation, Gordon and his team of Rainbow Warriors are anything but down on their luck. "This team has been strong all season, even though we don't necessarily have the finishes to prove it," said Gordon. "Each week when that car comes off the truck, it is always pretty close to where it needs to be. "This team is so well prepared and when we finish, we're finishing up front. To have four DNF's and still be fifth in the points just shows how strong this team is." Gordon has finished second in the last three races at Dover, Michigan and Pocono, respectively. He is 349 points behind leader Dale Jarrett after the first 15 of 34 scheduled points events. Gordon also has three wins this season, including the Daytona 500. He also has four poles, nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. "Consistency is what we're after," said Gordon. "That's what wins championships. Right now Jarrett and his team have that consistency. "Top-five finishes on a consistent basis are what it takes. However, we also want to win races. If we're in position to go for a win, we're going to go for the win." Maybe a win for two in-a-row at Sears Point. Maybe a win for a four in-a-row road course sweep. Maybe a win just for the sake of a win.

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