It has been 23 years since Jeff Gordon was awarded the Rookie of the Year for the Busch Racing series now called the XFinity Series. In that first year, he would win 11 poles and make impressions on almost everyone in the sport. Two years later he would move up to the premier Winston Cup (Sprint Cup) series where he would spend two decades dominating the sport. In total he has won 92 races, and amassed four series championships. The fifth championship would prove to be the one thing the racer couldn’t catch with a car that reaches speeds over 200 mph…well at least, not yet. However, it has long since been rumored by fans like Dan Newlin and his friends from Super Lawyers…(lawyers and Nascar, who knew?) that time may be running out on the 43 year old driver.
Confirming those rumors, Gordon has announced that the 2015 season will be his last as a full time driver of the Hendrick Motorsports owned #24 car. He had stated previously that he wants to end his career on a high note and that had he won last year’s championship he would have retired after last season. But since he finished 10th in the first ever NASCAR playoff, he has decided to give it one last shot. Regardless of whether he succeeds in his endeavor, it is his memorable battles and races that he won that people will remember. Who will be replacing Gordon in 2016 is up in the air, but speculators point to Chase Elliot the reigning XFinity Series Champion.