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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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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 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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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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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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September 16, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
RYAN NEWMAN is angry at Tony Stewart. Matt Kenseth is annoyed with Brad Keselowski, again. Kevin Harvick posted a video on Twitter of an enraged bull charging into a grandstand, saying the bull reflects his mood entering the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Tempers are dialed in: Gentlemen, start your Chase. After Stewart wrecked Newman's car with 37 laps remaining in Saturday night's Richmond race, Newman said his former boss has anger issues and is bipolar. The wreck knocked Newman, who previously drove for Stewart's team, from the 16-driver Chase group.
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July 31, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
LONG POND, Pa. - Between coming back from his vacation in France, getting in a race car for the first time in eight months, and prepping for races he never planned on entering, Jeff Gordon hasn't had a chance to pick up a new set of clothes from home. He raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend and will race at Pocono Raceway this week. In between, Gordon had to do laundry on his own. Gordon, 44, retired in November but now feels as if he's in The Twilight Zone. "It's been pretty strange and weird and awkward and fun all mixed together," Gordon said.
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July 29, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
FIRST STOP, Indianapolis; next, Pocono. Jeff Gordon never expected these two races would be on his summer itinerary. The winner of 93 career Sprint Cup series races (third all-time) thought he had retired after last season. But when concussion-like symptoms sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon was summoned from the Hendrick Motorsports bullpen. With only a few days preparation, Gordon drove Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet to a 13th-place finish in last Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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May 13, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
SPRINT CUP SERIES rookies aren't supposed to be racing as Chase Elliott is, unless they are very talented. In Elliott's first 11 races, he has three top-five finishes, four more top 10s and was the fastest qualifier for the season-opening Daytona 500. At age 20, he also is the youngest polesitter for a Daytona 500. Sitting 11th in points, Elliott has done a superb job replacing the retired Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet. "If I told you I wasn't nervous at the beginning of the year I'd be lying," Elliott said Wednesday in a telephone interview.
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February 19, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
WHAT DO Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have in common? With the retirement of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart's latest injury, the forty-ish five are the senior statesmen as the NASCAR Sprint Cup series glides into a year of transition. Gordon, 44, is now a Fox Sports racing analyst. Stewart, also 44, is recuperating from a fractured vertebra suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident Jan. 31 in California. "Seniors" Biffle (46)
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October 9, 2015 | Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
ONE WEEK, it's restarts. Another week, it's an angry driver shoving a racing rival. This week, it's burnouts. There's always some drama in NASCAR, particularly at Chase time. Kevin Harvick's celebratory smokescreen burnout after he dominated at Dover International Speedway last Sunday has aroused suspicions that he purposely made contact with the interior wall and blew out his tires to make the postrace job of NASCAR inspectors more difficult. Predictably, Harvick's reaction to such criticism was "Who, me?"
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October 4, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - Jeff Gordon's 92 wins are the third most all-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He's won four championships, although none since 2001. Gordon has expanded NASCAR's brand outside of racing by appearing on such television shows as "Saturday Night Live. " Tomorrow, Gordon, 44, is scheduled to drive in his final race at Dover International Speedway. He has five wins at the the track, including last fall. Yesterday, in drenched Dover, the speedway presented Gordon with 90 trophies of Miles the Monster for all his current team members to mark his career at the track.
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October 2, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
NASCAR WILL BE losing another star driver after next season. Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, 44, confirmed yesterday he'll retire after the 2016 season. As expected, Clint Bowyer will take Stewart's place in the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017. Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup series titlist, is completing his final season this year. Gordon, also 44, will make his final racing appearance Sunday at Dover International Speedway, weather permitting, in light of the approach of Hurrican Joaquin.
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August 2, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
WHEN A RACER has achieved the prominence Jeff Gordon has in NASCAR, he wants his career to end on a high note. With 92 career Sprint Cup Series victories (third all-time), Gordon fervently wants to be part of this year's Chase in his final racing season. Gordon is relatively safe at 11th in points, but needs a victory in the next six races before the Chase begins to guarantee his inclusion in the 10-race elimination tournament. The good news for Gordon is, Pocono and the five other pre-Chase race tracks have been productive places for him. He has won the most Cup races at Pocono (six)
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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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