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Old 01-22-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: NY
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Jeff Gordon to run final full-time NASCAR season in 2015 | News | Hendrick Motorsports

Although I knew this day would come, I am a little surprised at the timing. Gordon had such a great run last year and has signed up some additional sponsors for this year. I never expected this announcement to come before the upcoming season began!

I hope he gives us one more good run at a title! He is the driver that really pulled me into the sport, along with Dale Sr, and their battles on the track way back in Gordon's early years!
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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I'm a bit surprised too, but like to see him go out on a high note. He will still be heavily involved in racing, possibly taking over the Hendrick organization one day.

With a spot opening up, Chase Elliot will be able to move in.

I started watching NASCAR the year Jeff came in and decided to make him my driver. Little did I know how great he would become. I really wasn't looking forward to NASCAR this year, but now will watch every race. After that, who knows.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Portland
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His back issues must be a part of the decision. Lets hope he can get through the season without any big shunts.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I thought he would race until he could claim the most Cup wins by someone not named Richard Petty. He has 92 wins now, Pearson has 105. But I bet being a parent changes things too. Now he left the door open to running part time after next year. I'd love to see him get that 100th win.

Also noticed that Kyle Busch is up to 126 wins in all three series combined. He said his goal was to tie Petty at 200... but in all 3 series, not just Cup wins. He may do that eventually.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:44 PM
 
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He is my favorite driver. I didn't see this coming, but once it was announced, it made sense. I'm glad he's taking his life and family first over chasing a number.
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Gordon has never been one of my favorites, but I can't dispute his greatness and influence.

I'm definitely rooting for him this year. I would love to see him go out on top.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:00 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Better to retire when you are still competitive or else you become a member of club DW.

Kind of tough to win as a part timer but at least Hendrick will give him the best shot at that.

It's kind of sad when former winners and especially champs take rides in less than competitive cars. I know they are offering provisionals but that's about all they have to offer.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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DW was rather sad to watch in his waning years. It was exciting to see him get in a few awesome runs when driving the #1 back in 1998 though!

Even Mark Martin lost the touch near the end.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:10 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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DW was rather sad to watch in his waning years. It was exciting to see him get in a few awesome runs when driving the #1 back in 1998 though!

Even Mark Martin lost the touch near the end.
I would like to see Gordon run in the Rolex series after he retires. At his age he is in the prime age group in that series.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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Inside story: Jack Roush's failed attempt to hire Jeff Gordon | FOX Sports
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