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NASCAR At Dover Update: Jeff Gordon On the Charge

It has been nothing short of a nightmare season for Jeff Gordon thus far. He flipped for the first time in his NASCAR career in the Bud Shootout at Daytona to open the season, then blew an engine in the Daytona 500 nine days later. Accidents, engine failures, and flat tires have come together to put Gordon in the worst position of his career after 12 races, with just one top-five finish.

Through 150 laps of the FedEx 400 at the Dover International Speedway, Gordon is looking to turn the corner in a big way. His No. 24 Chevrolet runs second and is consistently the fastest car on the race track as he looks to track down teammate Jimmie Johnson. Gordon is a four-time Dover winner, including three in a row from 1995-96, and a fifth triumph at the home track for longtime sponsor DuPont would be a huge boost in his bid to turn his year around and make a charge into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Kyle Busch holds the third position, ahead of Kevin Harvick and polesitter Mark Martin. The top-10 is completed by Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, and Clint Bowyer.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.