News from the Hendrick Racing compound trumps that by far. Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his last year competing for a Sprint Cup championship. To me, Gordon’s tweet announcing his decision leaves open the possibility he would compete in selected events, but he will not be running a full schedule.
Since the death of Dale Earnhardt, Gordon seems to have taken on the responsibility of senior statesman for the drivers in NASCAR’s #1 division. He is well-spoken, by far the best interview in the garage, and he has served his sponsors and his team well. I have also been very impressed with the work of his foundation. No question, he will be missed.
I will have to find a new favorite driver after 2015. I don’t know who that might be, but I do know that it will not be anyone from Joe Gibbs Racing, especially the new fair-haired boy of the team. I could see me rooting for Earnhardt Jr., except I cannot be a member of Junior Nation. Those people drive me nuts.
Maybe it will be Jimmie Johnson. Stranger things have happened. I was a big Earnhardt fan, meaning that Gordon was the anti-Christ of stock car racing. That changed, so perhaps I can learn to accept and respect Johnson more.
I am not sure how you ask race team members to give more, when what they already give is almost beyond belief. I just hope that everyone on the 24 team will dig a little deeper to give Gordon the best car every week and to get him out of the pits faster than ever. And I hope Lady Luck will be on his side as well. It takes hard work, talent, and plenty of luck to win a NASCAR championship, and Jeff Gordon deserves one more on his resume.
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