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GORDON HOPES FOR A "PEPSI SWEEP" AT MICHIGAN SPEEDWAY BROOKLYN, Mich. -This weekend, Jeff Gordon hopes for a clean sweep at Michigan Speedway by first winning the NAPA 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday in his Pepsi-sponsored...

GORDON HOPES FOR A "PEPSI SWEEP" AT MICHIGAN SPEEDWAY BROOKLYN, Mich. -This weekend, Jeff Gordon hopes for a clean sweep at Michigan Speedway by first winning the NAPA 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday in his Pepsi-sponsored Chevrolet, and then by winning the Pepsi 400 on Sunday in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. "This is a big weekend for Pepsi," said Gordon. "It's always extra special when you can win for your sponsor when they are also the title sponsor of the weekend. We won the Pepsi 400 here last year and we're going to work hard to have a good weekend in both the Busch and Cup races this year." The three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion returned to Busch competition this season for the first time since he graduated from the series after running full-time in 1991 and 1992 to pursue a career in the Winston Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports. The NAPA 200 will be the fourth of Gordon's five-race Busch Series commitment for 1999. The Charlotte race in October will be the fifth. In his first three starts, Gordon has an average starting position of 3.7. In his 1999 Busch Series debut at Las Vegas, Gordon finished fourth. He had a 13th place finish at Texas and a 33rd at Charlotte after pulling into the garage early because of a vibration in the car. This Saturday's event will also be Gordon's third race at Michigan in as many series this year. In June, Gordon competed in the International Race of Champions and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series events. Gordon welcomes double duty at the two-mile oval again this weekend. "Michigan is definitely one of my favorite places to race," said Gordon. "It's wide and smooth and there's a lot of room to pass. I think it's great that I get to race here four times this year, and I'm especially looking forward to getting back into a Busch car here for the first time in several years." Gordon's only trip to Michigan in a Busch car came at the first race for the series at the facility in 1992. He sped to the pole for the event, one of 11 pole awards he earned that season, and finished 19th. However, that isn't the type of finish Gordon expects from the Gordon-Evernham Motorsports team this weekend. "This Busch team has really clicked well," said Gordon. "Patrick Donahue has done a great job his first three races as crew chief. We've still got two races left in this Pepsi car and they're at tracks where I feel like we can run well. We're capable of winning and we feel like our chances of doing it at Michigan are pretty good." And how satisfying would it be to accomplish the sweep in front of your sponsor? "Very satisfying," Gordon says. Like a cold drink of Pepsi after a long, hot race.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon
Teams Hendrick Motorsports