Gordon to take on the Monster Mile one last time

Since his career began in 1992, Jeff Gordon has been a staple of NASCAR. Rising to popularity and becoming an icon within the sport.

His legacy will be rivaled by few and respected by many, as his career will forever represent the face of racing for generations of fans as well as an inspiration.

“the opportunity to drive for Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick and Lowe’s changed my life.”, Said Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson.

Number 24 announced in January that the 2015 season would his last.

In his illustrious 24-year career, Gordon was NASCAR’s best four times, capturing the Sprint Cup in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001. He took on Miles the Monster a few dozen times, winning five. Overall, Gordon has compiled 92 wins including one last year at the Monster Mile when he won th2014 AAA 400.

“I’ve always enjoyed Dover.”, Said Gordon, “Last year was really memorable to win this race, my family that was here, I had friends that were here, it was a great day.”

Gordon ranks third in Cup Series wins with 86 sitting behind Richard Petty with 200 and David Pearson with 105.

A star on the track, Jeff established himself as a fan favorite in Delaware.

For years, the number 24 car sported a rainbow paint scheme in correlation with his Delaware-based sponsorship DuPont. It was a relationship he took to heart.

“Coming here to Wilmington every single year visiting with all the employees at DuPont,” And “You always want to have success in your sponsor’s home and back yard and we did that from the beginning and it always made coming here that much more special.” Said Gordon.

According to Johnson, keeping others in mind was something he did consistently throughout the course of his career. He recalled a story of how Gordon helped open doors for what should be a hall of fame career.

“He gave me advice and he also left an opening where he let me know that Hendrick Motorsports was looking to start a fourth team and I was the guy they were considering.”, Said Johnson, “It’s been a life changing experience, one that I’m extremely grateful for and an experience that I think really shows the power of what people can do.”

After this season he will be done racing, but his contributions across the sport of stock car racing may never be forgotten, just like the rainbow-colored number 24 car that mastered racetracks for 24 years.

Although Gordon is retiring, he’ll still be around the sport. Next year he’ll serve as a race analyst for Fox Sports 1.

Another former champion however, Tony Stewart, announced that 2016 will be his last season.

So NASCAR fans watch these guys while you can…drivers like these don’t come around very often.Since his career began in 1992 Jeff Gordon has been a staple of NASCAR. Rising to popularity and becoming an icon within the sport.

His legacy will be rivaled by few and respected by many, as his career will forever represent the face of racing for generations of fans as well as an inspiration.

“the opportunity to drive for Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick and Lowe’s changed my life.”, Said Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson.

Number 24 announced in January that the 2015 season would his last.

In his illustrious 24-year career, Gordon was NASCAR’s best four times, capturing the Sprint Cup in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001. He took on Miles the Monster a few dozen times, winning five. Overall, Gordon has compiled 92 wins including one last year at the Monster Mile when he won th2014 AAA 400.

“I’ve always enjoyed Dover.”, Said Gordon, “Last year was really memorable to win this race, my family that was here, I had friends that were here, it was a great day.”

Gordon ranks third in Cup Series wins with 86 sitting behind Richard Petty with 200 and David Pearson with 105.

A star on the track, Jeff established himself as a fan favorite in Delaware.

For years, the number 24 car sported a rainbow paint scheme in correlation with his Delaware-based sponsorship DuPont. It was a relationship he took to heart.

“Coming here to Wilmington every single year visiting with all the employees at DuPont,” And “You always want to have success in your sponsor’s home and back yard and we did that from the beginning and it always made coming here that much more special.” Said Gordon.

According to Johnson, keeping others in mind was something he did consistently throughout the course of his career. He recalled a story of how Gordon helped open doors for what should be a hall of fame career.

“He gave me advice and he also left an opening where he let me know that Hendrick Motorsports was looking to start a fourth team and I was the guy they were considering.”, Said Johnson, “It’s been a life changing experience, one that I’m extremely grateful for and an experience that I think really shows the power of what people can do.”

After this season he will be done racing, but his contributions across the sport of stock car racing may never be forgotten, just like the rainbow-colored number 24 car that mastered racetracks for 24 years.

Although Gordon is retiring, he’ll still be around the sport. Next year he’ll serve as a race analyst for Fox Sports 1.

Another former champion however, Tony Stewart, announced that 2016 will be his last season.

So NASCAR fans watch these guys while you can…drivers like these don’t come around very often.

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