|Jeff Gordon is 12/1 to win at Martinsville.|
“You kind of like to leave a place with a win and I definitely don’t want to mess that up, but it’s also a track that I like and feel confident at. I don’t see why we couldn’t go there and contend for a win. We won there last year and I don’t think a lot has changed. The question is, ‘Were we the best car there?’ To me, I think we’d have to be a little bit better than we were last year to be in that position.”
Jeff Gordon is scheduled to be available to members of the media on Friday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m. local time in the media center at Martinsville Speedway.
GORDON’S FINAL RACE 2.0: Sunday will mark four-time champion Gordon’s final scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. Gordon will be driving the blue-and-silver No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS this weekend. His career began on Nov. 15, 1992, at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Richard Petty’s final start. From 1992 through 2015, Gordon made 797 consecutive starts and racked up 93 wins, 325 top-five and 475 top-10 finishes in addition to his four championships. This weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway will be his eighth race filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2016. Earnhardt is out for the remainder of the season as he continues to recover from a concussion.
AT MARTINSVILLE: On Nov. 1, 2015, Gordon led the final 22 laps at Martinsville Speedway en route to his ninth win at the Virginia short track and his 93rd career Cup victory. The defending race winner leads all active Cup drivers in wins (nine, third on the all-time list), poles (seven, second on the all-time list), top-five finishes (29), and laps led (3,779, second on the all-time list). He is tied with Richard Petty for the most top-10 Cup finishes of all time with 37, and holds the all-time record for lead-lap finishes (38) and for the least DNFs, having been running at the finish in every single one of his 46 races at the half-mile paperclip.
GORDON AT CHEVY STAGE: Gordon is scheduled to visit the Team Chevy stage at Martinsville on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for a Q&A session.
EARNHARDT HELPS ANNOUNCE MARTINSVILLE LIGHTS: Earnhardt traveled to Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday, Oct. 12, for his second Victory Tour appearance and assisted the track in announcing that the half-mile facility will be installing lights. “Light Up Martinsville” is a $5 million project, providing Martinsville Speedway with the first LED lights among major motorsports facilities. Installation will begin shortly following this year’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 on Oct. 30 and is expected to be completed by January 2017. Click here for a photo gallery from the event.
EARNHARDT TRACK APPEARANCES: Fans will have an opportunity to see Earnhardt on Sunday. The 42-year-old will be participating in a Q&A session on behalf of Martinsville Speedway at 10:45 a.m. ET in the Plaza as part of the speedway's Green Flag Experience.
TELEVISION, TAKE TWO: After making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series broadcasting debut on NBCSN last Sunday at Talladega, Earnhardt will again join the NASCAR on NBC group in the booth during a portion of this Sunday’s race in Martinsville. Earlier this year, he made his first foray into the broadcast booth at the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway in June. Check out the social recap from his time in the booth at Talladega.
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