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GORDON GOING FOR SECOND-CONSECUTIVE PEPSI 400 WIN AT MICHIGAN BROOKLYN, Mich. - Jeff Gordon, driver of the DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet, is looking for the momentum from his win last Sunday to carry him into this weekend's Pepsi...

GORDON GOING FOR SECOND-CONSECUTIVE PEPSI 400 WIN AT MICHIGAN

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Jeff Gordon, driver of the DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet, is looking for the momentum from his win last Sunday to carry him into this weekend's Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway. Gordon left of last weekend's event at Watkins Glen in record fashion, becoming the only driver in NASCAR Winston Cup history to win five consecutive road course races. Now, Gordon looks to achieve his second Pepsi 400 victory in as many years. "I sure hope that Sunday's race is more like it was last fall than it was this spring," said Gordon. "I was happy to finish second earlier this year at Michigan, but I just rode around out there most of the day. We were so strung out that I couldn't see the leader and third place couldn't see me. The only time that's any fun is when you're leading." Until last August, Michigan Speedway was on the very short list of race tracks that Gordon had yet to win on in the Winston Cup Series. The list now consists of Phoenix International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There have only been three events at Texas and two at Las Vegas. Gordon has six starts at Phoenix. Gordon's win at Michigan came in his twelfth attempt at the 2-mile oval. In 13 total starts here, Gordon also has two poles, 10 top-fives and 11 top-10's for an average finish of 4.6 He has led laps in 10 of those events and has completed 99.9 per cent of those laps. "We've done well at Michigan," said Gordon. "We were always up there in the top-five and we were finally able to get that first win here. It's one of my favorite places to race and that first win here was really special." This season, Gordon has five wins and seven poles, more than any other driver. However, because he has been faced with adversity and unable to finish five races, Gordon is currently fifth in the points, 482 behind leader Dale Jarrett. "We know that if Jarrett keeps going the way he has this season, nobody is going to beat him for the championship," said Gordon. "But that doesn't mean that we're going to give up. As long as there is still a mathematical possibility, then there's always a chance. We're going to go out there and try to be competitive and win races. "We know we can win at Michigan," said Gordon. "And although the cars are different, we were able to get quite a few laps in around this place this year by running the IROC race earlier this year and the Busch race on Saturday in addition to Winston Cup." Before the weekend is over, Gordon hopes that one of the laps he makes at Michigan will be a victory lap.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett