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Decades in Jeff Gordon still having fun
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Former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon (right, with team owner Rick Hendricks) is second in the standings despite not winning a race. - photo by John Clark/NASCAR this week

Jeff Gordon’s hometown could be considered Vallejo, Calif., where he was born, or Pittsboro, Ind., where he grew up.

Based on his record there, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is another place where Gordon feels right at home. He has won NASCAR’s annual visit to the Brickyard a record four times. (As an aside, Gordon has won five times at Infineon Raceway, the track closest to his birthplace.)

Gordon’s most recent Indy victory was in 2004. In the five races since then, though, Jimmie Johnson has won three times and Tony Stewart twice. Forty-eight races have passed since Gordon’s last victory anywhere. He won at Texas Motor Speedway on April 5, 2009.

Still, a winless Gordon is better than most drivers who have won multiple races this year ... literally. Gordon, 38, ranks second in the Sprint Cup point standings, trailing only Kevin Harvick, and has more top 5 finishes (10) than any other driver. "Our team’s been consistently running up front," Gordon said. "We just haven’t had the car to win or all the pieces as a team to get ourselves into victory lane.

Read the complete story by picking up a copy of Friday's Coastal Courier.

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