Welcome to my racing web page! I'd like to be a part of the Miniaturemotorsports Racing Team. See the link above for information and details about these authentically detailed 1/3rd scale style Winston Cup cars! These cars are run on tracks all around the midwest and are scheduled to run soon here in the Chicagoland suburban area at the "Route 66 Raceway" & "Chicagoland Speedway" in Joliet, Illinois. I am looking for a sponsor(s)to try and fulfill my racing dream. Anyone who might be interested in forming or sponsoring a "small" race team in the Western Suburbs of Illinois, please e-mail me!
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"Gordon Wins at Atlanta; Now Fifth in Point Standings"
Jeff Gordon's win in the rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Monday marked the 18th time in his 11-year career that he has won "back-to-back" races. Gordon, who won last week at Martinsville, moved up to fifth in the points standings and now trails leader Matt Kenseth by 296 with only three races remaining. Only 38 points separates Gordon from second place.The race began shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Sunday with Gordon starting 19th. By lap 10, he had moved up to 10th. On lap 39, the red flag was displayed for rain with Gordon running seventh. Persistent rain forced NASCAR to continue the race at 11 a.m. on Monday.
Once the race restarted, Gordon methodically worked his way toward the front. He ran in the top five for much of the first half of the race before quick pit work by the No. 24 crew enabled Gordon to grab the lead for the first time on lap 204. "Our pit crew was amazing today," Gordon said. "They 'cranked out' great stops when we needed it most." Gordon's reign at the top lasted only two laps. In fact, he fell to third by the time the next caution waved at lap 222. The No. 24 team "cranked out" another quick pit stop giving Gordon the lead at lap 225.Once again, he held the lead for only a few laps before falling to third. "My car was better on the long runs," Gordon said. "It wouldn't take off as well as the other cars on the restarts."
Gordon battled hard with teammate Jimmie Johnson between laps 235 and 242. The two Hendrick Motorsports drivers swapped third place six times over eight laps before Gordon grabbed the position and pulled away. "I knew how good his car was, and he knew how good my car was," Gordon said. "I felt like I had to race him hard for that position if I was to have a shot at the win." Once he was able to clear Johnson, Gordon set his sights on the lead. On lap 247, he passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr., for second. On lap 275, Gordon passed Bobby Labonte for the lead. The two drivers battled for several laps before Gordon began to pull away.Tony Stewart made a run on Gordon as they approached their final green flag pit stops. Stewart was only a couple feet off Gordon's rear bumper as the two entered pit road on lap 285. With the pressure on, the No. 24 DuPont team "cranked out" another fast pit stop giving Gordon a 2.5-second cushion over Stewart.
Stewart made a charge over the final 35 laps but was never able to pull alongside Gordon. The win was Gordon's third of the year and 64th of his career. "That final pit stop was great and it is really what made the difference," Gordon said. "When I left pit road, I had a couple of seconds lead on him. When that happened, it gave me enough time for my tires to build up (pressure) and my car came to me. My car wasn't as good as his on new tires. "Had he been with me on new tires, I don't know if I could have held him off."
Next Sunday, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series visits Phoenix International Raceway for the Checker Auto Parts 500. Gordon, who has won on a record 19 of the 23 tracks currently on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule, has never won a Winston Cup event in Phoenix. NBC and MRN will broadcast the race live beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.
"News & Notes" Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 results 1. Jeff Gordon 2. Tony Stewart 3. Jimmie Johnson 4. Bill Elliott 5. Bobby Labonte 6. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 7. Jeremy Mayfield 8. Kurt Busch 9. Jimmy Spencer 10. Joe Nemechek
Point standings 1. Matt Kenseth 2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 3. Kevin Harvick 4. Jimmie Johnson 5. Jeff Gordon 6. Ryan Newman 7. Tony Stewart 8. Bobby Labonte 9. Bill Elliott 10. Terry Labonte
"Teammates dominate top ten spots at Atlanta" - By Marty Smith, Turner Sports Interactive October 27, 2003 3:30 PM EDT (1930 GMT)
HAMPTON, Ga. -- It's often been said that there's strength in numbers. Never was that more apparent than in Monday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Three sets of teammates all found themselves in the top 10 at the end of the long weekend on Monday. Jimmie Johnson finished third behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, who took his second consecutive Winston Cup victory.Tony Stewart was second while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Bobby Labonte was fifth and Evernham Motorsports teammates Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield were fourth and seventh, respectively.
The biggest battle between teammates all day featured Gordon and Johnson, who raced each other pretty hard for second and third with about 60 laps left. Johnson said he was a bit uneasy racing against his teammate."I was on new tires at the beginning of a run and Jeff got a little loose," he said. "I thought maybe I was going to take us both out and I'd hate to have to explain that to Mr. (Rick, Team Owner) Hendrick." Gordon said Johnson even gave him some help during the day, even if he didn't know it."He (Johnson) was better than me in (Turn) 3 and 4 and I was better than him in 1 and 2," Gordon said. "So when I got ahead of him, I knod of used his line to stay ahead of him."
Johnson said his team fought an uphill battle all day to get to the front."We went through a lot to finish third," Johnson said. "We were made some adjustments that put us a lap down. There were about five teams that were just so equal that it made it very hard to make up any ground other than at the end of a run when guys tires got down.Johnson said he knew that when it got down to Stewart and Gordon, he knew he was in trouble. "I was just hoping for a big pack of lapped cars that would help us out and get them racing side-by-side and that didn't happen," Johnson said. "But I'm very proud of what we were able to do." "One good thing about it is that Jeff and I can race as hard as we can together and we won't cross the line and take each other out like you might see with some other guys."
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