Gordon Ready To Rock

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Jeff Gordon has had tremendous success at North Carolina Speedway – from winning races to clinching championships – and the November 9 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 could be another dominating day at “The Rock” for the four-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion.

In 21 Winston Cup starts Gordon has accumulated four wins, eight top-5's, ten top-10's, and two poles. Although he clinched the 1998 Winston Cup Championship in the fall event here, his favorite memories of the track also include his time in the Busch Series. "We won two or three races at the end of the 1998 and Rockingham was one of those and that was a great memory," Gordon said.

"I also remember winning my first race in 1995, but one of my fondest memories is my first race here in a Busch car in 1990 when I qualified on the outside pole."

Although Gordon has experienced success at the 1.017-mile superspeedway, he’s also quick to point out "The Rock" isn’t exactly a sure thing for him.

"Rockingham has always been a track of 'hit or miss,' it seems like there is very little in between," said Gordon. "I go there sometimes and I love the track. Other times, I'm just scratching my head and thinking 'what in the world do we need to do to run better.' It's a very finicky track and you can never say you have it figured out."

Gordon is on-track to make even more memories at North Carolina Speedway this fall. He could tie Rusty Wallace’s record at "The Rock" for the most wins of any active driver with five if he takes the checkered flag in Sundays’ event.

The November 9 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series will be the final fall event at "The Rock", and is the final stop in the Carolinas of the 2003 season for NASCAR's top division.

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