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Gordon taking four-leaf clover to Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2009) – Despite a mishap on pit road last week, Jeff Gordon doesn’t believe in luck. But that’s not stopping the No. 24 team from placing a four-leaf clover on the DuPont Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway this weekend.

Last Sunday, the team experienced an air gun failure during a late-race pit stop at Dover (Del.) International Speedway that caused the No. 24 Chevy to lose valuable positions. Still the team rallied for a sixth-place finish and improved two spots in the Chase standings.

“I’m not a big believer in luck,” said Gordon, who is eighth in the point standings and 122 markers behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin entering Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. I believe you make your own luck by putting yourself in position with great communication, great preparation and just hard work.

“These are some of the same vital qualities that 4-H teaches our nation’s youth.”

Therefore, it is fitting that the 4-H four-leaf clover will appear on Gordon’s car in Kansas. DuPont, a premier sponsor of 4-H National Youth Science Day (Oct. 7), is helping raise awareness of the organization during National 4-H Week (Oct. 4–10) by placing the 4-H emblem and Web site address www.4-H.org on the TV Panel of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet during Sunday’s 400-mile event. 4-H National Youth Science Day is an annual celebration for the 100-year-old youth development organization, and DuPont is helping 4-H build a pipeline of our nation’s future scientists and engineers.

Gordon is excited to take his four-leaf clover to Kansas where he has two wins, five top-five finishes and six top-10s in eight Cup starts.

“I’m really excited heading into this weekend,” Gordon said. “We really stepped up our mile-and-a-half and two-mile program this year, and about half of the Chase races are intermediate tracks. “There are still eight races left, and that’s plenty of time to make up our deficit. But we know we won’t make it up in one week. “We just need to gradually chip away at it.”