How much longer will Jeff Gordon race?

Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR
Jeff Gordon (right) stands with team owner Rick Hendrick at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gordon completed his 22nd full-time season with Hendrick Motorsports in 2014.


Reporter
December 30, 2014
theracingexperts@aol.com


DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

 

In a season featuring four Sprint Cup wins, Jeff Gordon padded his legendary career throughout 2014, a season that included many bests in many categories.


The future Hall-of-Famer qualified for the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup with a three-win regular season. Missing the Championship Round by one point at Phoenix International Raceway, Gordon will have to wait at least another season to win an unprecedented fifth title.

Gordon has had a recent history of nagging injuries and it is unclear how much longer he will be racing. As for now Gordon has given no reason to suggest he will not be back for 2015. His success in 2014 with crew chief Alan Gustafson has certainly played a role in Gordon not yet announcing his retirement.


Photo by NASCAR via Getty Images
Jeff Gordon turns laps at Talladega Superspeedway in May.

“I don't believe in retirement, number one, but I know that I won't always be a full-time Cup driver,”  Gordon said in an interview with ESPN the Magazine. “That time is coming. Remember in May, my back got so bad I couldn't get out of bed, let alone into a race car. So will that play a role in retirement sooner rather than later, It's very possible.


Photo by NASCAR via Getty Images
Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2007. Gordon finished second to Johnson in final points that season.


“It seems to be the one limiting factor that I have right now. But there's no plan. There's no countdown. I'm racing.”

After the 2015 season however it is anybody's guess on how much longer the NASCAR great will be around. Should Gordon continue his success next year and win that elusive fifth championship, that triumph would certainly play a huge role in Gordon announcing his retirement after achieving the only honor hat has evaded him thus far.


If Gordon runs every race in 2015, he will surpass Ricky Rudd’s ironman streak of 788 consecutive races. Assuming Gordon doesn’t miss a Cup race, he will break the streak at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.

The husband and father of two is certainly coming to the end of his career but as 2014 suggests his prime is not necessarily behind him. While he has more Cup starts behind him than ahead of him, Gordon could reach 100 career wins before his helmet is hung up permanently.

What season will be Jeff Gordon's last full-time year?
2014
2015
2016
2017 or later
Poll Maker