Being the defending race winner can leave a lot of pressure and anxiety on a driver to defend his title. Jeff Gordon, on the other hand, feels excitement and anticipation in returning to the track where he swept both Sprint Cup Series events in 2007. Gordon looks to continue his success and notch his first victory of 2008 at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track.
“I always look forward in coming to Talladega and certainly look forward to coming back,” said Gordon. “Obviously most of my great memories are on the track with those six victories. Last year being one of my favorites, anytime you win on the final lap, that’s always good.”
Gordon will be making his 32nd start at Talladega in the AMP Energy 500 behind the wheel of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. In addition to his six wins, Gordon has finished in the top-10 more than half of his starts. He is currently in sixth position in Sprint Cup point standings, 143 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
Being a veteran driver at Talladega, Gordon can speculate what to anticipate during the Oct. 5th race. “I expect to see a wild and crazy race like we always see at Talladega. I think it has changed a little bit with the COT because the drafting is so intense that you can get from the back to the front in a fairly short period of time. It is such a wide track with four or five lanes and a lot of grip, so handling is not an issue. You might see some guys hang around the back, like we did last year.”
“All in all I think you’re going to see an incredible finish and that’s why so many fans come to Talladega and why when I’m no longer driving a race car I’ll be coming to Talladega to watch these races or glued to my TV to watch those races.”
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