Jeff Gordon Aiming for First in ‘First State’

DuPont News, June 4, 2012
Jeff Gordon Aiming for First in ‘First State’

On May 27, Jeff Gordon collected his 399th career top-10 finish. Only four other drivers have more: Richard Petty (712), Bobby Allison (446), Mark Martin (442) and Dale Earnhardt (428). To secure another top 10 and an 86th career victory at Sunday’s Dover International Speedway in Dover, Jeff and the No. 24 team will need a winning combination.

"Dover is very fast and very challenging," Jeff said. "Our team has always excelled at tracks that have been the most challenging.

"But we haven't been as successful here recently as we would have liked. We've been constantly looking for that combination that will get us back to our winning ways here."

Of 38 starts at the Delaware track, Jeff has 21 top-10's including four wins and 14 top-fives.

"Getting to pit road at Dover is very tricky, so I prefer to be conservative during green-flag pit stops," said Jeff, who has four poles at the one-mile track. "You don't want to attack (the entry) - I think you're better off being conservative and losing a little bit of time getting there safely than trying to get there super, super fast. Let other people make mistakes."

The trip to Delaware also included "NASCAR Day" at DuPont headquarters in Wilmington, Del.

"This has been an annual tradition for nearly 20 years now," Jeff said. "I really look forward to visiting with a group that has been with me since the beginning of my Cup career.

"It gets us pumped up before going to the track on Friday. We always want to perform well at Dover because it's in DuPont's backyard."

How did Jeff do?  Click here for race results.

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