SONOMA, Calif. — Last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Jeff Gordon captured his 400th career top-10 finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series when he placed sixth in the 400-mile event.
With the start of that race delayed by rain and his children at home, Father’s Day was “delayed” for Gordon, as well. But attention this week will quickly turn from father to daughter as Ella celebrates her fifth birthday on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Gordon will head west to Sonoma for this weekend’s 110-lap event where he will attempt to become the first driver to reach double digits in victories on serpentine tracks.
“It will be a busy but fun week,” said Gordon, a native of nearby Vallejo. “We’ll have some fun with Ella’s party before heading out to an area I love for so many reasons.
“It’s ‘home’ for me and where I was born, so a lot of family and friends will come out to the track. I love the wine country, too, which is one of the reasons why I have (the Jeff Gordon Collection Wine).