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FORT WORTH, Texas (April 8, 2015) – Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon has dominated many tracks throughout the course of his 23-year career, but none have ever presented a problem quite like Texas Motor Speedway. 

>Unlike many tracks on the circuit where he is routinely among the career victory leaders and has more grandfather clocks than watches, Gordon has only reached the Texas Motor Speedway Victory Lane once (2009 Samsung 500) in 28 starts. To add to that, he has only finished 43rd – last – twice in his career and both came at Texas Motor Speedway. 

His struggles can be traced to a rash of bad luck, something that plagued Gordon particularly during his first four visits to Texas Motor Speedway. Despite his struggles, Gordon remains optimistic about his chances in Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 (6:30 p.m. CDT/TV: FOX/Radio: PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR (National)/1080 KRLD-AM(Local)). 

He is quite cognizant that the stats aren’t always indicative of the performance that may have been curtailed by the usual demons. Case in point was just last year in November’s AAA Texas 500. He started second, led 49 laps, ran up front the majority of the race and was in contention for the win before the late incident with Brad Keselowski resulted in a 29th-place finish. 

“It’s bittersweet for me at Texas,” said Gordon, a two-time pole winner at TMS. “I remember the first race there, we were dominating that race and we got caught up with a lapped car crash and took us out. The next year I don’t think we made it past Turn 1 at the start. We have run really, really well over time. I’ve run really, really bad at times. But in recent years we have been really fast with a great opportunity to win.” 

During last year’s Duck Commander 500, he led 40 laps and gambled on tires during the final caution only to fall short to eventual winner Joey Logano during a green/white-checkered finish.  Couple that with the AAA Texas 500 performance and the strong showings in 2014 has Gordon eyeing a second career victory at Texas Motor Speedway. 

“If you look throughout my career and the No. 24 team, when something like what happened to us this past Texas race, we are usually pretty good at finding a way to get back on top and take care of unfinished business,” Gordon said. “I look forward to doing that this year at Texas.” 

Tickets for the Duck Commander 500 are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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