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Posted 02 May 2004 - 07:07 PM

Gordon currently third in Cup points

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FONTANA, Calif. -- Things are finally going Jeff Gordon's way again.
It's been three years since Gordon won a NASCAR title, and that doesn't make him very happy.
His goal each season is "to win the championship," Gordon said. "When we don't, it's disappointing. You've got to believe you're going to win before you can do it."
Gordon won a race Sunday at Talladega, barely holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet was about three-quarters of a car-length out front when the final caution flag froze the field; the race finished under yellow.
"I didn't know who was ahead when the yellow came out," Gordon said. "It was that close. But it's good to have the first win under our belt."
After finishing fourth in the points each of the past two years, Gordon is off to a solid start with seven top 10 finishes in the first nine races of 2004.
He goes into Sunday's Auto Club 500 at California Speedway third in the standings, 111 points behind leader Earnhardt and just 17 behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Since a crash relegated Gordon to 41st on March 21 at Darlington, dropping him to 13th in the points, Gordon has four consecutive top 10s. He was third, sixth and first in his last three starts.
"We finished in the top 10 several times earlier this year, but we realized we weren't running at the level this team is capable of running," said Gordon, who will make his 375th career start this weekend. "This team has really stepped up their game recently, and we're entering this weekend's race with a lot of confidence, especially after last week's win."
The difference so far this year, Gordon explained, is that his team is not letting bad days get them down.
At Texas, Gordon was leading when his alternator died. He switched to a second alternator, but the brief slowdown cost him a shot at victory.
At Martinsville, Gordon was second to Earnhardt and running strong when he hit a chunk of concrete that had dislodged from the track. It damaged his car and cost him a shot at that win.
"Unfortunately, things didn't go our way and we just made the most of it," he said. "Instead of getting down, I think it fired this team up."
Now, coming off his 65th career victory, Gordon returns to his home state and a track where he is the only driver with multiple victories.
Gordon won the inaugural race on California's 2-mile oval in 1997, and he won again in 1999. In all, he has four top fives and has been outside the top 11 only once, finishing 16th in 2002.
He was even a winner of sorts that day, though, with Johnson giving Gordon his first victory as a car owner. Gordon co-owns that car with Rick Hendrick.
"It's exciting to win as a car owner, but it doesn't compare to winning as a driver," Gordon said. "The best part of my job is winning, and that's what we strive to do each and every weekend."
If he wins Sunday, it will mark the 19th time Gordon has taken back-to-back victories during his 12-year career. It would also extend his streak of multiple-win seasons to 11, the longest current streak in NASCAR's top division.
"We're not worried about streaks or records," Gordon said. "We just want leave California with momentum still on our side."


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Posted 02 May 2004 - 07:44 PM

CALIFORNIA CRUISIN'

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 07:51 PM

Great to see him back dominating again.... Also good to see him back in 'flames'. that PEPSI car last week was hideous!

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 10:45 AM

Gordon won last week by dumb luck with the new rule. This week was just sad that of all the great drivers out there, Gordon is the one that had to win.

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 02:02 PM

Hey.... you be nice! L!

NASCAR's 'silver spoon Golden Boy' Earnhart Jr can't win every week. Imagine where 'any' of us would be if we came into the world in 'that' empire.... talk about EASY!

"turn the wheel Boy and press on that pedal there" ..... "And don't worry about winning. like everyone else who's started from nothing, because you're already a millionare 10x over" :o


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Posted 05 May 2004 - 08:36 AM

Hey Pjnagel
Obliviously You Are Not A Gordon Fan, & I Quoted You " The Dumb Luck & New Rule" You Must Be A Little “E” Fan. Just Remember Gordon Has Won On All Types Of Tracks Not Just Restrictor Plate Racing Like Little “E”'. When They Said Gordon Was A Short Track Specialist & Couldn’t Road Race, He Went Out & Won 6 In A Row, Has Little “E” Won One Yet. Gordon Has Never Spun Out Iintentionally To Get A Caution, So He Wouldn’t Go A Lap Down & Bragged About It On The Scanners (See Little “E” Docked In The Forum Below) ( Where Were You). So When Little “E” (Funny How Little Keeps Coming Up) Has Won 64 Races & 4 Championships Like Jeff Gordon (Maybe 5 This Year) We’ll Talk.
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Posted 05 May 2004 - 08:42 PM

Can we get back to his HOT ex-wife. How about a few shots of her for GIRL NEXT DOOR? L!

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Posted 06 May 2004 - 04:32 PM

Have A Look Over There :jaw:
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Posted 10 May 2004 - 09:50 AM

Just because I am not a Gordon fan I am automatically an Earnhardt fan?
Yes, I will cheer for Earnhardt long before I say ANYTHING nice about Gordon. However, the last race I saw, there were more than those 2 cars out there.

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 01:21 PM

So who is your favourite driver sign_beer.gif Actually mine is Bobby Labonte joy.gif joy.gif joy.gif Have you ever been to a race

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 12:56 PM

I was at the 01 Daytona when Earnhardt was killed. I have been to the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway every year since. Have my tickets for this year too.

The Daytona experience was a great thrill. Since it was the return of Dodge to Nascar, all us dealers got track tours - pit road, in the pits, winners circle, a ride around the track (in a bus). It was great!!