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TALLADEGA, Ala.(October 18, 2011) – Stay amongst the leaders and try to  lead as many laps as possible? Or fall back from the main group of cars to avoid a  potential multi-car accident during Sunday’s Good Sam Club 500? Jeff Gordon already  has a plan.

“My strategy is to race whatever way gives us the best chance to win,” said the  six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner.

In April at the 2.66-mile track, 26 leaders combined for 88 lead changes – a  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for most lead changes in an event. In fact, that  number was reached in April of 2010, as well, with “only” 87 lead changes occurring in  this race one year ago.

The track is now dangling a carrot in the form of a $100,000 bonus to the driver  that leads the most times, provided 100 or more lead changes occur during the event.

The $100k for 100 is appealing to Gordon, but so is the victory.

“I think the bonus is a cool thing that the track is doing, and 100 might be  reachable,” said Gordon, driver of the Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet. “But reaching  that target is not the No. 24 team’s goal once the race starts.

“Our plan is to be there at the end battling for the win. That could mean battling  lap-after-lap for the lead, or it could mean staying a safe distance back and watching the  race unfold. It could also be a mixture of the two.

“We’ll just have to wait and see once the green flag is waved.”   Tandem racing has become the norm at restrictor-plate tracks (Daytona  International Speedway and Talladega), but Gordon does not yet know how recently  announced changes to the pressure release valve and size of the restrictor plate will  affect the racing.

“I don’t expect a whole lot different, but we won’t really know until we get into  Friday’s practice and start drafting,” said Gordon, who has a record 12 restrictor-plate  victories. “I think you’re still going to see two-by-two, but the cars might have to swap  more frequently.

“But we are going to try to do everything we can to not have to swap.”   Along with his six victories, Gordon has two poles (including one earlier this year  to extend his streak to 19 consecutive years with a pole in NASCAR’s top series), 14  top-fives and 18 top-10’s in 37 starts at the Alabama track. The style of racing has  certainly changed since he first raced here in the early 1990’s.

“When I first started racing here, we were racing single file and you had to work  lap-after-lap-after-lap for just one position,” said Gordon. “If you didn’t complete the  pass, you could be shuffled out and lose 20 or 30 spots.

“Then we began racing in huge packs where you could race from 20th to first  back to 20th in the span of a few laps.

“Now, it’s evolved into this two-car drafting, and it’s not as easy as maybe it looks  on TV. It takes some skill but, most importantly, it takes getting two cars and two drivers  and two spotters and two crew chiefs to work together. You have to watch your gauges a lot, you have to be really aware of what happens around you, and then you still have  to put yourself in position as a two car tandem to win the race.

“It’s not an easy thing.”

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