During his career, Jeff Gordon has never been one to hide his emotions. Last year at the Brickyard 400 was evidence of that as he could barely contain himself kissing the bricks.
Now that he has a record fifth win at Indianapolis, Gordon wants to pair it with a fifth championship. If that did happen on his final race of his illustrious career, the No. 24 driver said he would be a mess leaving Homestead-Miami.
“I don’t think I’d stop sobbing for a week,” Gordon said, via Tom Jensen of Fox Sports. “That would be a heck of a way to do it. That would definitely be writing the record books and the absolute coolest experience that I could ever imagine.”
That would be one hell of a way to ride off into the sunset. Not only would it be his final race as a full-time driver, it would also mark his first championship in the Chase era. Only John Elway would be able to touch that kind of walk off.
Gordon has changed the way the sport has seen since he started his first season back in 1993. In a span of eight years, the Hendrick driver won 58 races and four championships. Since 2001, he’s captured 34 victories and no titles.
But after winning four races last season and falling just short of making the final four in the new Chase system, Gordon has plenty of gas left in the tank. For any Gordon fan worried about his slow start at Daytona and Atlanta, he explained that he’s finally gotten into the day-to-day tediousness of the season.
“The season started with some emotion and then just I’ve kind of gotten into the grind,” Gordon said. “But there’s been certain moments where it’s hard not to recognize, ‘Wow, this could be the last time this is going to happen,’ or ‘Boy, isn’t that cool?’ That would not be happening without all the years I’ve put into this sport. To be recognized like this feels great, so I think it’s going to get more emotional towards the end of the season.”
This season will be the end of an era for Gordon, Hendrick and NASCAR as a whole. But with all he’s done for the sport, it would be a fitting end to see the “Driver for Five” finally come to fruition.
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