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It was announced this week that Hendrick Motorsports and Axalta Coating Systems have reached a three year extension. That would have the former DuPont automotive finishes department sponsoring 10 races a year in that span. Do that necessarily mean that Jeff Gordon would be the driver for those years?
“Nothing has changed for me. We’re still competitive and still being challenged and have goals and my back is hanging in there. We’ve got sponsorship, which is a positive thing for our team and the sport. We’re very excited about Axalta. This has been a real tricky type of year for them and transition for them internally as well as for us as a team because we’ve known the name of the company, we’ve maybe seen some of the logos, but they are a worldwide company and we have to be patient with all that. Because of the transition and the sale of how DuPont went about it, this was a season that was sort of guaranteed. The next seasons ahead were not guaranteed and so it’s pretty exciting to know that they have that interest and have been working with Hendrick to sign an extension,” Gordon told reporters Friday form the Pocono Raceway.
Gordon currently sits 11th in points and is in line for one of the wildcard spots. He hasn’t won the last race of the 2012 season, but that has not discouraged he nor his team.
“I want to race for a long time, but I can’t say how long that is going to be at this time,” Gordon said Friday.
I just hope that he can stay competitive and not hold on too long like drivers before him. Darrell Waltrip is a good example as a driver who held on too long, something he admits. The three time champ struggled to secure sponsorship, rides, and finally to make races in the last three years of his career. Others have continued at a high level, such as Mark Martin, who could be a title contender if he was running the full schedule.
Gordon will be running for his seventh career Pocono win Sunday in the Party In The Poconos 400 by Walmart, which can be seen at 1 PM EST on TNT.
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Jeff Gordon isn't quite ready to call it a career.
Not this year, at least.
He has one of his favorite tracks on tap and a sponsorship deal locked up for another three years, good news for Gordon and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports.
But questions still loom for the four-time Cup champion. Will he win this season? Can he bring home a fifth championship? And just how long does...
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Jeff Gordon has six wins and is ranked first among drivers all-time at Pocono Raceway. He has led 965 laps marking the most among drivers all-time at the track. He has captured two poles, 18 top-fives and 28 top-10′s at track drivers and fans alike, call, “The Tricky Triangle.”
Gordon’s last win at the track came last August, albeit rain...
If Jeff Gordon can win Sunday at Pocono Raceway he would certainly put an interesting twist on things for the wildcard bubble.
Gordon currently sits 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, just 10 points behind Paul Menard for the top 10.
If the Chase were to start today, Gordon would barely be in as he and Tony Stewart would be the two wild card drivers. A win would go a...
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin is not satisfied with a good points day, he needs race victories, and Sunday he never really had a chance. Hamlin finished eighth on Sunday at Pocono Raceway, where he’s won four times. He moved up one position in the standings, which did little
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Race: Party In The Poconos 400 by Walmart
Track: Pocono Raceway
Defending Champion: Jeff Gordon
The Sprint Cup Series finds itself at the Tricky Triangle of Pocono Raceway after running last weekend at the Dover International Speedway.
This will be the 71st race in the history of the raceway. Richard Petty won the first race all the way...
Chevrolet drivers have won 26 of 70 races at Pocono Raceway. Wins by active drivers are:
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Axalta Coating Systems Chevrolet SS, has six (6) wins at Pocono Raceway (’96, ’97, ’98, ’07, ’11 & ‘12)
Kurt Busch, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing/Serta Chevrolet SS, has visited Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway twice (2) (’05 & ‘07)
Jimmie Johnson, No...
With half of the regular season in the record book, the road to the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ figures to take a variety of twists and turns through the next 13 races, beginning with Sunday’s Party in the Poconos 400. Pocono Speedway’s first of two events kicks off TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series of six events at 1 p.m. EDT (TNT, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM...