Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jeff Gordon going for sixth and final Atlanta win

Jeff Gordon is 6/1 co-favorite to win at Atlanta on Sunday 
Driver: Jeff Gordon 
Hometown: Pittsboro, Indiana
Age: 43 
Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina

Jeff Gordon quote on racing at Atlanta:

“I love racing at Atlanta. I won my first ever Busch (now XFINITY) Series race there and it was also the site of my very first Sprint Cup Series start more than 22 years ago. We’ve won races and clinched championships there.

“Atlanta Motor Speedway holds a special place in my heart.”

FIRSTS AT ATLANTA: On March 14, 1992, Jeff Gordon won from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway to capture his first ever NASCAR victory in what is now known as the XFINITY Series. His first start in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series occurred at Atlanta in the 1992 season finale, which also marked Richard Petty’s final race. Gordon also clinched his first Cup Series championship at Atlanta in the final race of 1995.

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST ATLANTA VICTORY: On March 12, 1995, Gordon led 250 of 328 laps to capture his first Atlanta Motor Speedway victory at the Sprint Cup level.

THIRD ALL-TIME WITH 85TH AT ATLANTA: Gordon’s 85th career Cup victory occurred at the Georgia track on Sept. 6, 2011. That win moved the No. 24 Chevrolet SS driver into sole possession of third all-time in career Sprint Cup victories.

ACTIVE ATLANTA LEADER: The four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion leads active drivers in top-five finishes, top-10 finishes and laps led in 41 Cup starts at the 1.54-mile track.

ATLANTA CHASSIS: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-914 for Sunday’s race. The chassis has been raced once, with Gordon leading 161 laps from the pole position en route to a 10th-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014.

2015 Season
  • 28th in standings
  • 1 start
  • 0 wins
  • 1 pole position
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finishes
  • 87 laps led
  • 762 starts
  • 92 wins
  • 78 pole positions
  • 320 top-five finishes
  • 454 top-10 finishes
  • 24,751 laps led

Atlanta Career 
  • 41 starts
  • 5 wins
  • 2 pole positions
  • 16 top-five finishes
  • 26 top-10 finishes
  • 1,297 laps led

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