Martinsville II: Jeff Gordon preview

GORDON LOOKING TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS AT MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 17, 2006) In his last seven starts at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon has four wins and an average finish of third. And after three consecutive DNF's in ...

GORDON LOOKING TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS AT MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 17, 2006) In his last seven starts at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon has four wins and an average finish of third. And after three consecutive DNF's in the first five races of the "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup," Team DuPont is in the hunt for wins. Having been as high as second in the standings, the misfortune of a broken fuel pump at Kansas, getting collected in a wreck at Talladega and an engine failure with only 31 laps remaining after leading in Charlotte has dropped Gordon to 10th. "It looks like it's just not meant to be for us this year," said Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. "From here on out, we just go out there and try to win races."

With 75 career wins including victories this season at Infineon Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, and a track record at Martinsville which consists of seven wins, five poles, 15 top-fives and 21 top-10's in 27 starts, Gordon is ready to add to his win list starting with this Sunday's Subway 500. "I always love racing here, and I think a lot of that has to do with my driving style," said Gordon. "Everybody has their own technique for getting around this place. "The DuPont team deserves a lot of credit, as well. They consistently bring great cars to this track." And after this recent series of DNF's, Martinsville is one place where Gordon has never suffered one. In addition, he swept the two scheduled races here in both 2003 and 2005, and was runner-up here earlier in the season. Only three times has he finished outside the top 12 at the short track. (more)

"I always feel good going into a race at Martinsville," said Gordon. "And despite our recent bad fortune, it's no different this time. "We've got some things we're working on that will hopefully take us to that next level, and we're trying to raise the bar in the performance of the cars. "One of the things that holds you back the most is that you're always searching. I know how good our cars are here. I know how to get into a rhythm of what I'm looking for here. "We don't just search here - we attack."

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