Jeff Gordon Tees Off Dover Events With Golf Classic

GORDON CALLS "FORE" AS HE TEES OFF DOVER RACE WEEKEND DOVER, Del.-- Jeff Gordon will tee off this weekend's MBNA Gold 400 race at Dover Downs International Speedway with the Jeff Gordon-DuPont Motorsports Golf Classic on Thursday. Gordon will...

GORDON CALLS "FORE" AS HE TEES OFF DOVER RACE WEEKEND

DOVER, Del.-- Jeff Gordon will tee off this weekend's MBNA Gold 400 race at Dover Downs International Speedway with the Jeff Gordon-DuPont Motorsports Golf Classic on Thursday.

Gordon will participate in the tournament with a few of his toughest competitors and other widely known motorsports personalities that will play as celebrities in order to raise money for the Leukemia Society of America in recognition of Rick Hendrick and Ray J. Evernham.

"This team has supported the Leukemia Society for a long time," said Gordon. "When your crew chief's son and your team owner are both affected by this terrible disease, it hits home. It's nice to see DuPont Automotive Finishes, my primary sponsor, and my peers jump in and get involved."

Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven will participate in the tournament along with Geoffrey, Brett and Todd Bodine, Kenny Wallace, Rick Mast, Mike Skinner, Bill Elliott and Tim Fedewa.

However, as Gordon yells "fore" on the course, he may actually mean "four" as he will be looking for his fourth win at the "monster mile" on Sunday.

Gordon has three consecutive victories at Dover, winning his first in the fall of '95 and sweeping both events in '96.

"Dover has been a good track for us," said Gordon. "It's a driver's track and that's my kind of track. It's also great to perform well at Dover knowing that so many of the people from DuPont headquarters in Wilmington, Del., are here cheering me on."

Gordon has finished the last two Dover races in the runnerup position and in the spring of '98, Gordon led 375 of 400 laps but had to pit for fuel in the closing laps of the event and finished third.

In 13 starts at Dover, Gordon also has two poles, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He has an average finish of 8.2 and an average start of 7.0.

Gordon has led laps in 10 events at Dover, leading the most laps four times. In fact, of a possible 5,700 laps in those 13 events, Gordon has led 1,636 of them, or 28.7 per cent.

Also, Gordon is the only driver to lead in each of the last nine races at Dover for a total of 1,557 of 4,100 laps, or 38 per cent.

With five wins and six DNF's, 1999 has been somewhat of a roller coaster year for Gordon and his team of Rainbow Warriors. However, Gordon feels like the team has been successful this season.

"We've had a good season," said Gordon. "Any year that you win the Daytona 500 is a good year. But we also have four other wins, seven poles and we've led a lot of laps."

If Gordon leads more laps, wins another pole and wins Sunday's race at Dover, he'll be calling fore/four for sure.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Kenny Wallace , Ricky Craven