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Jeff Gordon: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Charlotte Preview

News & Notes

NO. 89 FOR NO. 24 AT KANSAS: In the most recent points race, Jeff Gordon led the final eight laps to capture his first win of 2014 at Kansas Speedway on May 10. It was his third victory at the 1.5-mile track and 89th career win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

POINTS LEADER: Following his win in Kansas, Gordon remained the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader and is 15 points ahead of Matt Kenseth. Both drivers are tied for the most top-10s in 2014 with eight apiece.

ONLY ONE TOP-10: Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS, is the only Cup competitor to have a top-10 average finishing position (9.2) through the first 11 races of the 2014 season.

AT CHARLOTTE: The 42-year-old driver has five wins, nine pole positions, 16 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s in 42 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST WIN: On May 29, 1994, Gordon led the final nine laps at CMS to capture his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

ANOTHER FIRST AT CHARLOTTE: In October of 1993 at the 1.5-mile track, Gordon won his first career pole position in NASCAR’s premier division. He has collected eight more pole awards at CMS since, including his 74th career pole position last October.

600 CHASSIS: No. 24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Sunday night’s race. This chassis has been raced twice previously with finishes of seventh and 13th earlier this year at Darlington Raceway and Auto Club Speedway, respectively.

HENDRICK AT CHARLOTTE: In 60 events (203 starts) at Charlotte, Hendrick Motorsports has 17 wins, which rank first all-time among teams at the 1.5-mile oval. Kasey Kahne most recently won the 600-mile event there in May 2012 and has four career victories at Charlotte. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson (six victories) and Gordon (five) rank first and second, respectively, among active drivers in wins at the 1.5-mile track. Hendrick Motorsports has 54 top-five finishes and 84 top-10s and has led 4,459 laps at Charlotte since 1984.

ALL-TIME TIE: Johnson needs one more Cup victory at Charlotte to break a three-way tie for first all time with NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. Johnson leads at four other tracks on the Cup circuit: Dover International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the two-mile oval in Fontana, Calif.

TEAM STATS: Hendrick Motorsports’ 17 victories at Charlotte rank second for the organization behind Martinsville Speedway, where it has recorded a team-best 21 wins. Its 16 pole positions at Charlotte trail only Martinsville (17 poles) and Richmond International Raceway (17) for first overall.

ALL-TIME AT 1.5-MILERS: Johnson and Gordon rank best among drivers all-time in several categories at 1.5-mile racetracks. Johnson leads drivers with 15 career victories at 1.5-mile racetracks, while Gordon ranks second with 12.

30TH ANNIVERSARY: In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to more than 500 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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