October 2, 2001
GORDON WANTS UPSIDE OF
ROLLER COASTER THIS WEEKEND AT LOWE'S
CONCORD, N.C. - Jeff Gordon has experienced the "ups and
racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway during his nine-year Winston Cup
Sunday, he hopes they are on the "up" side as NASCAR visits
the 1.5-mile speedway
for the UAW-GM Quality 500.
Gordon, driver of the
No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet, captured his first
Winston Cup pole in October of 1993 and his first Winston Cup victory in
1994, both at Lowe's. Overall at Lowe's, he has four wins, seven poles,
top-fives, 10 top-10's and has led in all but one of his 17 starts.
also has three victories in The Winston, Nascar's all-star race.
On the flipside, he has seven finishes of 28th or worse. The highs and
the lows at Lowe's were evident during an eight-day span earlier this
During the running of The Winston, Gordon and other drivers involved in
an accident on the first lap were allowed to restart in backup cars.
went on to win the event.
A week later, after starting second in the World 600 and leading 27
laps, he made contact with another car on pit road on lap 52 while
The damage, minor in appearance, ruined the handling of the car on the
high-speed track. Gordon finished 29th. "The win in the Winston
said a lot about
this race team," Gordon said. "The crew at the track did a
great job getting the setup
switched over and the guys at the shop prepared a great car. Everybody
Motorsports contributed to the effort.
"During the ‘600,' we used a different car and I think it was
better. We led early but
damaged the right front during the incident on pit road. The
aerodynamics were messed
up and the car didn't handle well. "While we lost three laps during
the middle portion of
the event, the crew never gave up. During pit stops, they were fixing
the fender and the
car ran well at the end of the race. We salvaged the best finish
those points may decide the championship."
Gordon enters the weekend with a 222-point lead over second-place Ricky
added 10 points to his lead after winning the inaugural event at Kansas
weekend. Gordon now has six victories, six poles and 20 top-10's in 28
events this season.
He also has 18 top-fives (five more than any other competitor) and has
led 1,974 laps
(961 more than any other driver).
With his Kansas victory, Gordon now has wins at 19 of the 23 tracks
currently on the Winston Cup schedule. He has yet to win at Texas,
Phoenix and Miami. Mark Martin is second with 16.