Jeff Gordon Chases His Own Bit of History at Homestead

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer INovember 19, 2009

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2009 in Avondale, AZ.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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While Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson will most likely make history with his fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, Jeff Gordon is looking to make a little history of his own. 

Gordon is attempting to win at Homestead, the only active Cup track where he has competed but not taken the checkered flag.

"A win, you know, is huge, especially at Homestead because it is the final race," Gordon said. "We've never won there before."

"It would be huge for us," continued Gordon.  "I think everybody feels that way."

Homestead is the only speedway where Gordon has failed to secure a win.  He has won 82 races, finally conquering Texas Motor Speedway with his win in the spring race.

Gordon has been to victory lane at 21 of the 22 tracks in the NASCAR circuit since coming to the Cup level in 1993.  It has taken an average of 6.4 starts at each track for Gordon and his Dupont Chevrolet team to check almost all of the tracks off their win list.

Gordon has also won at North Carolina Motor Speedway as well as North Wilkesboro.

"It would be nice to say we've won on all the tracks, but we want to do it for ourselves, not because of a statistic," Gordon said.  "It's a victory that has eluded us so far."

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For several of the past seasons, the intermediate tracks have been the thorn in the side of the No. 24 team.  Gordon, however, feels that the team has stepped up that aspect of their racing program.

"Our mile and a half program has been good this year," Gordon said.  "We are definitely looking forward to this event and possibly battling for the win."

Gordon has another goal for the race finale weekend at Homestead.  He hopes to improve his points standing from third to second.

Gordon realizes that he is out of the championship hunt.  In fact, his teammate Jimmie Johnson will simply have to take the track on Sunday in order to eliminate his teammate, friend and mentor.

One of Gordon's other teammates, Mark Martin, currently sits in the second position.  Gordon trails Martin for the second spot by just 61 points.

"We could possibly finish second in final points," Gordon said.  "We know that a Hendrick Motorsports driver will be this year's champion.  Hopefully we can make it a 1-2-3 finish in the final standings for HMS."

Gordon's team will also be competing at Homestead for the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award.  Gordon's crew is currently in the second position for the challenge, trailing the No. 16 team piloted by Greg Biffle.

Although Gordon will not take the top honors, with good pit stops and a win he could make history of his own at Homestead, notching the final track win and perhaps even the Tissot award.


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