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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 American Red Cross Chevrolet, signs autographs during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 8, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 American Red Cross Chevrolet, signs autographs during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 8, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. –Kansas Speedway, site of Saturday night’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400, has to be considered a Jeff Gordon track.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver with four Sprint Cup championship trophies decorating his den won the first two races (2001, 2002) held at the 1.5-mile oval located on the far west side of Kansas City. Then, a year ago, Gordon won for a third time at Kansas.

He also has seven other top-5 finishes and an average finish of 10th in his 18 starts at Kansas.

On Friday, Gordon, who has said 2015 will be his final season as a full-time Sprint Cup driver, was asked where the Kansas intermediate sits on his list of favorite venues.

“I would say it’s in the top-five,” Gordon said. “Now Clint Boyer (walks in) on the other hand, he’s somewhere in my top 15 or 20 drivers of all-time (Laughing). I’m certainly very comfortable and enjoy this track. But you’re talking about going against tracks like Indianapolis, which certainly goes to the top of my list, or Bristol or Michigan are ones that stand out. I like a lot of tracks, so it’s hard to grade them in any way. But Kansas is certainly way up there.”

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