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Thursday afternoon, during the NASCAR media tour day, Jeff Gordon said that he’ll retire at the end of the season if he can finally capture his elusive fifth title this year. Gordon won his titles in 1995, ’97, ’98, and 2001, when Winston was the series sponsor, but in recent years has been unable to top teammate Jimmie Johnson, who won six titles between 2005 and 2013.
“You can name me a four-time Sprint Cup (champion) for technical reasons all you want, but to me, I’m not. And I want that before my career is over.” And if Gordon can win a title this year, he’ll call it quits. “If that happened, that would be all the reasons I need to say, ‘This is it, I’m done,'” Gordon said. “Go out on a high note.”(FoxSports)
This is the first time that Jeff Gordon has ever spoken publicly about his pending retirement. Is this a signal to his fan base that his time in the #24 is coming to an end, in the very near future? That question may be hinged upon, and or tied to, the success of his possible successor’s success in the Nationwide Series this year. And who am I alluding to by “his successor”?
It is quite apparent that Rick Hendrick is grooming the son of “Awesome Bill” from Dawsonville, Chase Elliott.
Nevertheless, there is an underlying question that must be asked these days. Does Jeff Gordon, and the HMS #24 team, have what it takes these days to pull off one more championship? Jeff’s fan base would answer an overwhelming yes! However, it has been 12 years since Gordon’s last championship, and those glory days of Gordon and Evernham, are definitely a faint picture in his rear view mirror.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!