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    Brooke Gordon lawyers try to serve subpoenas at Daytona

    Brooke Gordon lawyers try to serve subpoenas at Daytona

    By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer

    February 10, 2003

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon's divorce case spilled over to the race track Monday when attorneys for his wife tried to subpoena several car owners at Daytona International Speedway.

    NASCAR officials did not allow process servers into the track.

    Most of the top teams have been subpoenaed at their home offices in the past month, and all have refused to open their books to Brooke Gordon and her lawyers.

    Because the divorce is being heard in Florida, her lawyers want the car owners to have to fight new subpoenas in a local court.

    ``We wanted to take advantage of the fact they are in Florida and issue Florida subpoenas,'' said Terry Young, an Orlando-based attorney representing Brooke Gordon.

    ``If they choose to contest them, we want them to go before a Florida judge to do so.''

    Young said a process server was turned away Friday when NASCAR teams reported to the track to prepare for Sunday's Daytona 500, so the papers were sent again Monday with Volusia County sheriff's deputies.

    Young did not know if the deputies had gotten into the track, but a NASCAR official said they did not allow the subpoenas in.

    Gordon, the four-time Winston Cup champion, was aware of what was happening at the track.

    ``It's out of my control, but I think it's really disgusting,'' he said. ``It's a real shame that they are trying to drag all these other guys into this because to me, there are other ways for them to get what they are looking for. This is just harassment.''

    The Gordons met early in the driver's career in Daytona's Victory Lane when the former Miss Winston model presented him with a trophy. They were married for seven years; she filed for divorce in March, citing marital misconduct.

    Since then, her lawyers asked to examine the contracts other car owners have with their drivers and sponsors to determine what Gordon is worth as a car owner. The four-time Winston Cup champion owns a stake of Hendrick Motorsports.

    NASCAR contracts are closely held secrets because teams don't want to reveal what kind of deals they are able to negotiate.

    Most of the car owners have been outraged at the request to open their books, even though Jeff Fisher, Brooke Gordon's lead attorney, has promised confidentiality.

    ``They say they will keep it a secret, but the only way it can be kept a secret is if only two people know and one of them is dead,'' said car owner Felix Sabates. ``This is just plain harassment, and by sending people to the race track, it shows she has no consideration for Jeff Gordon's career and thinks NASCAR is just a toy to play with.''

    Gordon had to turn over papers in November that estimated his worth at about $48.8 million and that he earned more than $18 million in 2001.

    Brooke Gordon has asked for exclusive use of their Highland Beach, Fla., mansion, valued at $10.2 million, as well as alimony, two cars and periodic use of their boats and an airplane. She also wants him to continue to pay the salaries of their housekeepers, maintenance workers and chef.

    The racer has countersued, saying he should not have to equally split the couple's estate because he risked his life to collect it.

    Florida law requires assets amassed during a marriage to be split evenly.

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    and this is what gives lawyers a bad name, why they say, 100,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean is a good start.

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    I hate to say it but Brooke isn't looking too good right now. She is coming off as being a money hungry bitch by hassling the other owners. Does a wife of a CEO supena all the other CEO's in the States for comparison? I don't think so. She should be concentrating on his actual worth, not his projected worth.
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    I read this last night. Boy I really want to know what the heck he did to get her so riled up that she's gone to this length. These guys get divorced all the time , and you never hear about it much.
    She looks like she wants more than half.

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    You got a point Eny, when Bill Elliot got divorced and when Geoff Bodine got divorced, they were both at the top of the heap and you didn't hear the mud being slung like you do with the Kid and his babe.
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    It's not as if race officials can tell the police what to do....?

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    Sounds like she is just trying to get the money. Half of 48.8 million would be enough for me to pack my bags and get out of town. What more does that crazy want?
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    If he cheated on her, I think she should take him for all he's worth. Mr. "I'm a religious spokesman" is probably not the golden boy people think he is.

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    Originally posted by Jill
    It's not as if race officials can tell the police what to do....?
    they can when they own the track, and not just anybody can go it there, you have to have a pass. it was a couple of years before i could get passes for Ili and me to get in the garage area. so if they are serving supeonas then they can be stopped. just like having a search warrent

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    Yes, they can keep the police out of the racetrack, if they choose. Just like when the police mentioned that they might serve Survivor 5's Brian with a subpoena at the CBS live reunion. CBS told them not to bother coming, because they weren't letting them anywhere near the set.

    To serve a subpoena, you have to be on public property, or have the permission of the property owner to be there.

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