Sunday Special For Gordon

SONOMA, Calif. - Jeff Gordon will have both his father and stepfather in attendance on Father’s Day when he shoots for his sixth win at Infineon Raceway in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.

The Father's Day switch from Michigan International Speedway to Infineon gives Gordon, a native of Vallejo Calif., the opportunity to see his father Bill Gordon, who lives in California, along with his stepfather John Bickford.

"It's great to be out there for Father's Day because typically I would be in Michigan and my father wouldn't be at the track," Gordon said. "This weekend, the focus for me is really going to be on my [father and stepfather] that are here and are enjoying spending a race day together, and hopefully in Victory Lane with them."

Not only would a victory be special to Gordon on Father's Day, but it would also come on his daughter's (Ella) third birthday.

"My wife and my daughter were not able to travel this weekend, so I'm going to miss them for Father's Day," Gordon said. "Hopefully we've got something to celebrate when we go back to them and have fun. We're going to have Ella's birthday party on Tuesday.

"Father's Day definitely takes on a whole new meaning when you are a father."

The last time Gordon went to Victory Lane at Infineon was in 2006, which marked the last race for the old car before the switch to the current COT.

"I feel like we've lost a little bit of an edge that we had," said Gordon, who has the fourth-best average finish in the three races with the new car. "I feel like with the old car we just had a great package, and I love the way the car drove."

Gordon's weekend started off with a fuel problem in the first practice when they noticed the fuel was a clear color.

"We sent all of our jugs down there to get filled up and they came back, and they were putting them in after we made a couple runs, and it was different color," Gordon said. "We immediately started pumping it out and called NASCAR over to have them try to figure out what happened. I guess on the pumps you can get a different selection of fuel, so I think the wrong button was pushed."

In Saturday's two practice sessions Gordon was 21st and 13th fastest, respectively.

Marcos Ambrose, who will start alongside Gordon on Sunday in row three continued to be the fastest driver this weekend, leading all three practice sessions.

Jamie McMurray, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five in final practice.

Sam Hornish Jr. was forced to a back-up car after spinning his No. 77 Dodge into the tire barrier in the morning session.

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