Las Vegas: Jeff Gordon preview

Percentages on Gordon's Side as Series Visits Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, Nev. - While Jeff Gordon may not be the favorite to win Sunday's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, odds are he'll have a strong run. Gordon, a four-time ...

Percentages on Gordon's Side as Series Visits Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - While Jeff Gordon may not be the favorite to win Sunday's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, odds are he'll have a strong run.

Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Series champion and driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, has captured 64 victories in 367 career starts, or 17.4 percent. Also on his resume are 175 top-fives (47.7 percent), 232 top-10's (63.2 percent) and 15,703 laps led.

In six career starts at Las Vegas, Gordon has one win (2001), two top-fives, two top-10's and has led 87 laps.

"We've had some good runs here, but we've struggled some, also," Gordon said. "Last year, we led some laps with a good car, but I was caught up in an accident.

"We're using the same car this year. It's also the car that took us to Victory Lane in 2001."

The car may be the same, but the tires provided by Goodyear will be significantly different. At the request of NASCAR, Goodyear has introduced a new, "softer" tire to be used at many tracks this season.

"The new tires will benefit the teams with good communication." Gordon said. "I believe we're one of those teams.

"The grooves are beginning to open up here, so we should be able to run low or up a couple of grooves once the tires begin to fall off. The key will be communicating exactly what the car is doing to your crew." Gordon enters the 400-mile event fifth in the point standings, 54 behind points leader Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Gordon is one of only three drivers to lead laps in each of the first two races. He is also one of only three drivers to finish in the top 10 in each of the first two races of the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season.

In fact, Gordon has finished in the top 10 in 10 of the last 11 races dating back to September of 2003. In that span, he also has two victories, seven top-fives and has led 480 laps.

"We were consistent toward the end of last season and it has carried over to this year," said Gordon. "We ran well at Daytona and we had a good car at Rockingham before cautions caught us a lap down.

"Hopefully, we'll have another strong showing this weekend."

Odds are, he will.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon