Lone Star Losing Streak

Jeff Gordon has 75 career NEXTEL Cup wins, but not one at Texas Motor Speedway.

It's a mark the four-time series champion hopes to erase in Sunday's Samsung 500.

Texas, Phoenix and Homestead are the only three tracks on the schedule Gordon has won at, yet.

And if Gordon can pull off the trick, he'll keep the TMS string of 13 different winners in 13 races alive.

"Obviously, nobody seems to have a script for it or we would have seen multiple winners here," Gordon said. "But there have been changes in this track over the years and that's contributed to it. But to me, it's just a very, very tricky place to get the right combination of aerodynamics, horsepower, mechanical grip, and set-up and get comfortable as a driver with the speeds we carry here."

A Gordon win would also keep the Hendrick Motorsports hot streak going and be the fifth straight for the team. The early season success by Hendrick doesn't surprise Gordon.

"When you tour Hendrick Motorsports and you see the ins and outs of that place, anybody would tell you in this garage area, 'How can you not be successful?', he said. "All the tools are there. We have great people. We had very little turnover from last year to this year. We had a championship with Jimmie (Johnson) winning. We had three of the four cars in the Chase. That's momentum to build on."

Gordon doesn't see any problems in switching back to the current NEXTEL Cup car this weekend after two races in the "Car of Tomorrow."

"I think the change is more of an issue for the teams having to build two different cars," Gordon said. "I don't think it's much of an issue for the drivers going back and forth between the cars because Martinsville and Texas are completely different tracks.

"I go race to race to race, and that's how I've always done it. As a team, we think ahead and prepare for races and prepare for tests. As a driver, I focus as much as I can on the upcoming weekend and when we leave, I start focusing on the next race.

"Maybe I have a one-track mind."

Sunday that track is definitely Texas Motor Speedway.

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