Jeff Gordon to Make 200th Start at Richmond

GORDON SET TO MAKE HIS 200TH WINSTON CUP START RICHMOND, Va.– "One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready..." Maybe not exactly in that order, but those famous lyrics are illustrative of Jeff Gordon's career as he...

GORDON SET TO MAKE HIS 200TH WINSTON CUP START

RICHMOND, Va.– "One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready..." Maybe not exactly in that order, but those famous lyrics are illustrative of Jeff Gordon's career as he gears up for his 200th NASCAR Winston Cup start this Saturday at Richmond International Raceway: "One for the money" – Gordon, driver of the DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet, has set and reset records for Winston Cup career earnings. When he won his first championship in 1995, Gordon became the first driver to break the $4-million mark in single-season earnings. He broke that record when he won his second championship in 1997, winning more than $6 million. Then last year, Gordon exceeded $9 million after winning his third Winston Cup championship. Included in those totals is $3 million dollars in Winston Bonus money for winning The Winston Million in 1997 and the Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus twice in 1998. "Two for the show"– To Gordon, winning is everything. He thrives on the competition and the highlights speak for themselves. The Pontiac Excitement 400 here last year became quite a spectacle when Gordon and Rusty Wallace tangled in a battle for the lead sending Gordon into the wall. Another memorable moment was when Gordon took the lead at Bristol by using the short-track nudge on Wallace on the last lap to take the checkers. And who can forget events like the Southern 500 at Darlington when Gordon and Jeff Burton were fighting for the win with $1 million on the line for Gordon and, of course, this year's Daytona 500 where Gordon battled Dale Earnhardt lap after lap and went on to win in the most prestigious stock car race in the world. "Three to get ready"– When there's a job to do, a race to win, or a challenge at hand, crew chief Ray Evernham and his team of Rainbow Warriors roll up their sleeves and go to work. A great deal of preparation, hard work and calculated decisions have helped define the No. 24 team. This group exudes great chemistry with the ability to stay focused and not crack under pressure. They have proven that their "Refuse to Lose" attitude leads to success. In his first 199 starts, Gordon has won 45 races for an all-time best winning percentage of 22.6. He has won the Daytona 500 and The Brickyard 400 twice. He has won the Food City 500 at Bristol and the Southern 500 at Darlington four consecutive times. He has won at 17 of 21 tracks where he has competed in the Winston Cup Series. Gordon has three Winston Cup championships in the last four years. Although a milestone, Gordon's 200th start will not alter a thing. "My life has been more than blessed," said Gordon. "I don't think it will all totally sink in until someday when I really have time to look back and reflect on it. "Right now, if we win a race it only lasts until the next race when you have to shift all your focus to start all over again with practice, qualifying and fine tuning the car for the next 400 or 500 miles. We have to keep working hard and continue to improve on the things that we're doing." In 12 starts at Richmond, Gordon has two poles, one win, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Will Gordon's 200th starts bring more of the money, another great show, will he be ready...? Now go, go, go.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Rusty Wallace , Ray Evernham