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"Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon announced Thursday that 2015 will be his final full-time season behind the wheel of the iconic No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Gordon, 43, ranks third in all-time Sprint Cup points race victories with 92 and third in poles with 77. He trails only Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) in race victories, and only Petty, the late Dale Earnhardt (seven each) and Jimmie Johnson (six) in championships.

The Vallejo, Calif., native ran his first Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1992, the season-ending event that was also Petty’s final career race."

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/sto...year-as-driver-at-hendrick-motorsports-012215
 

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I used to follow NASCAR when I was younger. I was a big fan of Bill Elliott. Never was a fan of Gordon for what ever reason but either way you can't deny this is an end of an era for NASCAR.
 

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Not a fan of his, but truly a talented driver. Can't blame him for getting out- it's time to enjoy his life without being gone every week for 9 months out of the year. Enjoy retirement Jeff!
 

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I used to follow NASCAR when I was younger. I was a big fan of Bill Elliott. Never was a fan of Gordon for what ever reason but either way you can't deny this is an end of an era for NASCAR.
He was one of the most impactful drivers; start of the "young-guns" and definitely was part of the popularity explosion that NASCAR experienced through the 1990’s and 2000’s

To reflect here is the results from his 1st race:


Finish Start Car No. Driver Car Name Car Make Entrant Laps Status

1 11 11 Bill Elliott Budweiser Ford Junior Johnson & Associates 328 Running
2 14 7 Alan Kulwicki Hooters Ford AK Racing 328 Running
3 8 15 Geoffrey Bodine Motorcraft Ford Bud Moore Engineering 328 Running
4 18 12 Jimmy Spencer Raybestos Brakes Ford Bobby Allison Motorsports 328 Running
5 6 94 Terry Labonte Sunoco Chevrolet Billy Hagan 328 Running
6 15 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft Pontiac Penske Racing South 328 Running
7 12 22 Sterling Marlin Maxwell House Coffee Ford Junior Johnson & Associates 327 Running
8 34 66 Jimmy Hensley TropArtic Ford Cale Yarborough Motorsports 326 Running
9 22 55 Ted Musgrave Jasper Engines Ford RaDiUs Racing 326 Running
10 32 18 Dale Jarrett Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 326 Running
11 9 21 Morgan Shepherd Citgo Ford Wood Brothers Racing 325 Running
12 27 68 Bobby Hamilton Country Time Ford Tri-Star Motorsports 325 Running
13 29 33 Harry Gant Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile Leo Jackson Motorsports 324 Running
14 25 30 Michael Waltrip Pennzoil Pontiac Bahari Racing 324 Running
15 10 10 Derrike Cope Purolator Chevrolet Whitcomb Racing 322 Running
16 20 42 Kyle Petty Mello Yello Pontiac Team SABCO 320 Engine
17 35 9 Chad Little Mayflower Transit Ford Melling Racing 320 Running
18 13 83 Lake Speed Purex Ford Lake Speed 320 Running
19 40 23 Eddie Bierschwale SplitFire Oldsmobile Don Bierschwale 319 Running
20 38 88 Mike Wallace FDP Brakes Ford Barry Owen 317 Running
21 37 52 Jimmy Means Hurley Limo Ford Means Racing 317 Running
22 41 71 Dave Marcis Southeastern Tech Group Chevrolet Marcis Auto Racing 317 Running
23 24 17 Darrell Waltrip Western Auto Chevrolet Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 307 Running
24 36 32 Jimmy Horton Active Trucking Chevrolet Active Motorsports 303 Running
25 16 5 Ricky Rudd Tide Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 300 Engine
26 3 3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 299 Running
27 17 28 Davey Allison Havoline Ford Robert Yates Racing 285 Running
28 1 1 Rick Mast Skoal Classic Oldsmobile Richard Jackson Motorsports 253 Running
29 5 4 Ernie Irvan Kodak Film Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Motorsports 251 Crash FS
30 31 90 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Wrangler Jeans Ford Junie Donlavey 235 Engine
31 21 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Paints Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 164 Crash
32 4 6 Mark Martin Valvoline Ford Roush Racing 160 Engine
33 28 57 Bob Schacht Pronto Auto Parts Oldsmobile Doug Stringer 120 Ignition
34 26 45 Rich Bickle Terminal Trucking Ford Gene Isenhour 97 Crash
35 39 43 Richard Petty STP Pontiac Petty Enterprises 95 Running
36 23 25 Ken Schrader Kodiak Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 94 Crash FS
37 7 8 Richard Trickle Snickers Ford Stavola Brothers Racing 94 Crash FS
38 30 16 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Keystone Beer Ford Roush Racing 94 Crash FS
39 33 49 Stanley Smith Ameritron Batteries Chevrolet Stanley Smith 60 Engine
40 2 26 Brett Bodine Quaker State Ford King Racing 1 Crash T1
41 19 41 Hut Stricklin Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet Larry Hedrick Motorsports 1 Crash T1
 

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^ Yes! He instantly became an icon, and brought a whole new generation of viewers to NASCAR.

Love him or hate him, he will remain in the history books as one of the greats!

On a side-note, I too had hopes he'd win another championship last season. Doomed by one late-race yellow flag! It would be fantastic to see him get one more championship before retirement.
 
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