Jeff Gordon’s Last Ride
Jeff Gordon has a shot to end his career in the top spot come Sunday evening. After emerging victorious in Martinsville three weeks ago, clinching his spot in the championship race at Homestead, the thought of fairytale ending to a legendary career crept into the minds of everyone following NASCAR.
The 4-time champion enters the 797th and final race of his career with a 25 percent chance to capture his fifth title. In his way is defending champion Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.
"All he has to do is be Jeff Gordon one more time," former crew chief Ray Evernham said of Gordon's chances on winning his fifth championship.
What does Evernham mean when he say's that? Well, it's quite simple.
The 3rd-winningest driver of all-time behind only Richard Petty and David Pearson needs to do exactly what it is he has done his entire career. Drive like a Champion.
After having the best 10-lap average in final practice on Saturday, it looks as though Gordon and his team are dialed in for this last race. The #24 team qualified 5th for the decisive race.
Gordon has achieved so much during his 23-year career. A career in which NASCAR transitioned into the limelight. Gordon has raced in Generation 4, 5, and 6 cars, including the Car of Tomorrow; and won in them all. He's the sports all-time money winner and all-time leader in consecutive starts. The last active driver to race against Richard Petty. He is NASCAR of today.
His last start today ends a legendary career.
The green flag in Jeff Gordon's final race drops at 3 p.m. on NBC.