Monday October 5, 2009
~ California’s Jeff Gordon has posted nine, top-10s at Auto Club Speedway ~
Other Auto Club Speedway storylines:
►WELCOME TO TOWN: Southern California hosts first ever NASCAR Chase Race
►COMING HOME: California drivers dot race lineup including title contenders Gordon, Johnson
►AND ANOTHER: California’s Johnson back home, looking for record-breaking fourth title in a row►BACK 2 BACK?: Matt Kenseth won ACS’s Feb. race. Can he make it a clean sweep?
►STEWART TIES: The Haas, in Stewart-Haas is Haas Automation Inc., located in nearby Oxnard, Calif.►SUNNY AFFAIR: Sunny skies and mid-80 temperatures expected to welcome race fans
►FALL FRENZY: Jimmie Johnson won the Fall ’07 and Fall ’08 races at ACS. Will he win the Fall ’09?
San Bernardino County, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2009) – Will a second-place finish in Kansas carry enough momentum for Jeff Gordon to win the fourth race of the Chase – the Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway – the Pepsi 500 – this weekend?
Four-time NASCAR Champion Gordon, second in Sunday’s event in Kansas (NASCAR’s third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup), moved from eighth to seventh in the standings and picked up a total of 19 points to move within 103 points of Chase leader Mark Martin. Now the anticipation of California’s first-ever Chase Race heads to the West Coast.
As the excitement of “The Chase” builds and heads West, Pepsi’s long-standing spokesperson looks to continue his climb (and his on-track dominance) as the California native battles for the checkered flag in the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday, Oct. 11.
Looking at past performances at ACS, the Vallejo, Calif., native stands a good chance at chipping away at Martin’s lead for the second week in a row.
Gordon seems to do some of his best work at Auto Club Speedway.
· He has recorded three victories at Auto Club Speedway including the Inaugural Sprint Cup race in 1997
· He has posted nine, top-10 finishes in 18 races at Auto Club Speedway.
· In February he finished second, 1.463 seconds behind winner Matt Kenseth.
· In that race, Gordon led for 64 of the 250 laps including late in the race – laps 196-209.
· He most recently visited Gatorade Victory Lane in 2004.
“We definitely made some gains, but I don’t think the big swings come on days like this,” Gordon said in his post-race press conference from Kansas Speedway. “I mean, it can happen any day. But we can’t expect to make up 100 points on these guys in one weekend.”
To purchase tickets to see Gordon battle for the title of NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Kim DeHaven.
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