Capitalizing on the Granite State Track

DuPont News, July 16, 2012
The No. 24 DuPont "Performance Alliance" Chevrolet.
The No. 24 DuPont "Performance Alliance" Chevrolet.


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Sam Bass artwork rendition of the No. 24 DuPont "Performance Alliance" Chevrolet with Performance Alliance branding on the hood, both quarter panels, and TV panel.

Last year, Jeff Gordon had to overcome obstacles during two strong performances at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In July, the three-time track winner led 19 laps before electrical problems dropped him off the lead lap. He battled back and was running inside the top five on the penultimate lap before limping to an 11th-place finish after blowing a right-front tire as he approached the white flag.

In September, Jeff led a race-high 78 laps before a problem with the fuel exchange during his final stop forced him to conserve fuel in the run to the checkered flag. He finished fourth in that event.

"I feel like (crew chief) Alan (Gustafson) and our engineers do an excellent job on flat race tracks - especially tracks like Loudon," Jeff said. "I can't wait [for this weekend's race].

"[New Hampshire Motor Speedway] is high on my list of tracks that I feel we can capitalize on.  It's a track that I really enjoy, but it's not an easy one to get around because of the long straightaways, flat corners and hard braking. I think the variable banking has made it a little bit easier to run side-by-side and make passes, though."

Along with his three wins and three poles in 34 starts at the 1.058-mile track, Jeff's 15 top-fives, 19 top-10s and 1,304 laps led are tops at "The Magic Mile."

"I think Loudon is a great opportunity for us," said Jeff. "We've been very competitive here recently, and I feel we can be competitive here again this weekend.

How did Jeff do?  Click here for race results.

The No. 24 “Performance Alliance” Chevrolet raced at Sunday’s race. 

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