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July 5, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Jeff Gordon outran the rain yesterday at Daytona International Speedway. A winner five times already this year, Gordon was the fastest of the few to finish before showers postponed qualifying for tomorrow's Pepsi 400. The defending champion's speed of 188.869 m.p.h. could well earn the pole, even though 34 drivers will get a chance to bump him today. Among the nine who took the track before the rain, Gordon's speed was best by more than 2 m.p.h. "I'm surprised," he said. "I didn't think we'd run that fast.
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August 5, 2012
LONG POND - Early arrivals in the Pocono Raceway infield media center Friday noticed the Heisman Trophy perched on the table where NASCAR drivers are interviewed. A few minutes later, Tim Brown and George Rogers sat down at the table flanking Jeff Gordon. Looking at the Heisman Trophy winners, Gordon smiled and said, "I'm going to look really small up here. " The 5-8 Gordon is the seventh recipient of the Heisman Humanitarian Award. Gordon, a four-time Sprint Cup champion, is scheduled to accept his award at the 78th annual Heisman Trophy dinner on Dec. 10 in New York.
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June 7, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon was among several top Sprint Cup series drivers attending the new drivers' council meeting last weekend at Dover International Speedway. The council is meeting with NASCAR to discuss safety and rules issues that would improve racing. "It's one of the coolest things I've seen happen in this sport, an open line of communication between drivers and NASCAR," Gordon said yesterday, before to qualifying for tomorrow's 400-mile race at Pocono. "I only wish it had happened before my final year.
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January 7, 1999 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
Jeff Gordon is coming to town. The three-time Winston Cup champion is scheduled to appear Monday, starting at 12:15 p.m., at the Philadelphia International Auto Show, running Saturday through Jan. 17 at the Convention Center. If last year's engagement by NASCAR's brightest young star is any indication, hundreds of rainbow-clad fans will begin lining up hours before show's doors open at noon. Gordon's last appearance was a fire marshal's nightmare. Show organizers herded an overflow crowd into a conference room intended for quainter gatherings.
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June 17, 1996 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
Jeff Gordon exorcised a few demons at Pocono International Raceway yesterday, grabbing the lead with 125 miles to go and pulling away from the field to win the UAW-GM Teamwork 500. His Chevrolet Monte Carlo averaged 139.104 miles per hour and outdistanced runner-up Ricky Rudd's Ford Thunderbird by nearly four seconds. Last June, Gordon held a comfortable lead until he missed a shift coming out of a caution restart with seven laps to go and wound up 16th - the final car on the lead lap. Gordon also led last July's race with 13 laps to go but finished second - by 0.19 of a second - when winner Dale Jarrett put on a late charge.
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September 10, 2012 | Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. - Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon felt his hopes were dead in the water when NASCAR red-flagged his last chance to get into the playoffs because of rain at Richmond International Raceway. His car wasn't running well, and the chance seemed to be slipping away on Saturday night. But just as major adjustments made by his crew started to pay off for Gordon and he began to challenge for the lead, a gamble by Kyle Busch's team failed in the biggest way possible: Gordon, not Busch, grabbed the last spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup - by finishing second in the race to Clint Bowyer - by a margin of just three points.
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June 6, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
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February 3, 1998 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
Jeff Gordon worked the crowd at the Philadelphia International Auto Show yesterday as easily as he navigates the treacherous Turn 3 at Pocono Raceway. Stock-car racing's brightest star was funny and articulate as he fielded questions from an overflow crowd of 1,200 who jammed into a conference room of the Convention Center yesterday to provide a roof-raising welcome. "Wow . . . that is overwhelming," Gordon said as a raucous, three-minute standing ovation died down. Shane Lewis and his father, Glenn, who owns an auto repair shop in West Chester, were thrilled to be there.
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June 8, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon claims to have a poor memory, but ask him for his recollections of what was probably the worst crash of his NASCAR career, here during the 2006 Pocono 500, and the details flood out of him, as if he keeps a recording of the sequence stored somewhere in his mind. Turn 1 of Pocono Raceway banks at 14 degrees, and when Gordon entered it, he pushed down on the brake pedal and sent it straight to the floor. A right-front rotor had failed. "When you're doing close to 200 m.p.h.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia-based paint manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems and NASCAR star Jeff Gordon said Tuesday the racer will use the iconic rainbow paint scheme for the final time on Aug. 22 in Bristol, Tenn. A four-time champion in stock car racing's best circuit, Gordon plans to retire after this season. He gained most of his fame driving a car with a multi-colored rainbow on the hood. The rainbow wrapped around the word "DuPont," which was his team's main corporate sponsor. The Carlyle Group bought Wilmington-based DuPont's performance paint division in 2013 and renamed the company Axalta.
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July 2, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia-based paint manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems and NASCAR star Jeff Gordon said Tuesday the racer will use the iconic rainbow paint scheme for the final time on Aug. 22 in Bristol, Tenn. A four-time champion in stock car racing's best circuit, Gordon plans to retire after this season. He gained most of his fame driving a car with a multi-colored rainbow on the hood. The rainbow wrapped around the word "DuPont," which was his team's main corporate sponsor. The Carlyle Group bought Wilmington-based DuPont's performance paint division in 2013 and renamed the company Axalta.
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June 26, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
SOMETIMES a week off from Sprint Cup racing gives us too much time to think. At least thinking keeps me from involvement in Mrs. F's "honey-do" list. "Not now, dear, I'm focusing on, um, NASCAR. " Then I duck as a restrictor plate soars across the room. Anyway, with 11 races remaining before the 16-driver Chase field is formed, let's check who's in the Chase and who's hoping to get in. Ten drivers have at least one victory this season and are in the Chase (see list of winners in This Week's Race box)
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June 8, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon claims to have a poor memory, but ask him for his recollections of what was probably the worst crash of his NASCAR career, here during the 2006 Pocono 500, and the details flood out of him, as if he keeps a recording of the sequence stored somewhere in his mind. Turn 1 of Pocono Raceway banks at 14 degrees, and when Gordon entered it, he pushed down on the brake pedal and sent it straight to the floor. A right-front rotor had failed. "When you're doing close to 200 m.p.h.
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June 7, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon was among several top Sprint Cup series drivers attending the new drivers' council meeting last weekend at Dover International Speedway. The council is meeting with NASCAR to discuss safety and rules issues that would improve racing. "It's one of the coolest things I've seen happen in this sport, an open line of communication between drivers and NASCAR," Gordon said yesterday, before to qualifying for tomorrow's 400-mile race at Pocono. "I only wish it had happened before my final year.
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June 6, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
No American professional sport is more obviously wrapped in nonathletic businesses than auto racing. That's why NASCAR - and especially this weekend - is important for Philadelphia-based Axalta Coating Systems. Axalta makes paint in thousands of colors and formulas for cars, trucks, buses, and industrial fixtures. It sells business-to-business, working through distributors, big body-shop groups, and automakers in 130 countries, generating first-quarter revenue of close to $1 billion.
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June 6, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
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February 20, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
AFTER THIS season's final race in November, Jeff Gordon will ride off into the sunset. He announced last month that this will be his final season as a Sprint Cup Series racer. Gordon doesn't want a "Farewell to Jeff" theme this season, but after you've won 92 races, third most all-time, farewell tributes are in order. Securing the pole position for Sunday's Daytona 500 is a terrific start. "The pole for the Daytona 500, I know, is a big deal," Gordon said. "I'm approaching it the same way. It's business as usual.
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November 14, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
AFTER ALL the racing, crashing and fighting, the Chase's final four are pumping their gas pedals, ready to roll. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers eligible to win the championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None has won a Sprint Cup series title. The champion doesn't have to win the Homestead race: He just has to be the highest finisher among the final four. As we pointed out 2 weeks ago, the champion could be Newman, who is winless this year and has led 17 only laps in the Chase (see accompanying box)
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November 6, 2014
WATCHING the postrace "festivities" after Sunday's Texas race, I thought a hockey-style bench-clearing brawl had erupted. I kept expecting to see Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly. As soon as Jeff Gordon parked his race car next to Brad Keselowski's car, I expected some action. When Gordon confronted Keselowski with edgy crew members and others in the vicinity, I was convinced something would happen. It did. After Gordon confronted Keselowski, the brawl began. Serious punches were thrown with the two drivers suffering facial cuts.
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October 31, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
NASCAR's 2014 champion could be a driver who hasn't won a race this year. He's a driver with just four top-five finishes all year. Fortunately for Ryan Newman, two of those top fives have been the last two Chase races, leaving him second in points. Talk about a lucky dog . . . (A lucky dog, or in NASCAR-speak, a "beneficiary," is the first car a lap down when the caution flag waves that receives one of its laps back.) Newman was the last driver into the Chase, seeded 16th, as in last.
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