Season Recap: Jeff Gordon

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Jeff Gordon signs autographs for fans outside of the media center at Pocono Raceway on July 31, 2015.




By Dominic Aragon
Editor
December 14, 2015
daragon@theracingexperts.net

Jeff Gordon’s third place finish in final points this season marked the four-time champion’s best finish in the driver standings since 2009.

Gordon won four pole positions in 2015, three of them at superspeedway venues. The four poles were the most for Gordon in a single season since 2008.


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Jeff Gordon stands on pit road prior to the start of the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in March.

Gordon’s five top-five finishes and 265 laps led this season were career-lows for the Hendrick Motorsports driver.

Gordon qualified for the Chase for the 11th time in his career, also his tenth consecutive appearance.

Gordon’s 93rd and final career victory at Martinsville Speedway in October enabled him to become the first driver with a locked in spot at the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Gordon ended his season—and career—with seven consecutive top-ten finishes. The streak is his longest since finishing inside the top-ten in each of the final eight races of the 2007 season.

Overall, Gordon finished inside the top-ten in points 21 times in 23 full-time seasons.

 


QUOTES FROM THE SEASON

POST-RACE DAYTONA I:

“For some reason I’m still smiling and enjoying every moment of it. Obviously, I enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second half.

“What an amazing car we had. Just out there in the front with our Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet just controlling the race. Had one restart where I started on the outside and just couldn’t get our line going.

We got shuffled back and kind of played catch up from that point on. This was an amazing week and an amazing day. 


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Jeff Gordon's car on-track during the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in March.


I am just in a different place that is so foreign to me, but so incredible. To just be taking it all in and enjoying every moment.


“Yeah, right now I’m a little bit sad this is my final Daytona 500, but I’m more upset we didn’t have a shot at winning there at the end.

 

 

POST-RACE KANSAS I:
“It was a really solid top-five finish there. I’m really proud of that. That was not easy. 

Track position meant so much and we had it and then we lost it and it was nice to get it back there at the end and get a decent restart and finish fourth.”



POST-RACE
POCONO II:

“We need every bit of boost that we can possibly get. It's not been the kind of season that we would hope to have for my final season and certainly hasn't stacked up to what we had last year, but we don't quit. 


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Jeff Gordon's car sits on pit road during the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway in August post-race. Gordon finished 3rd.

“We fight for every race to build a better race car, to get the performance up, pay attention to our competitors, and do all that we can to put the best race car and race team out there. 

“Sometimes you need just something to pull you through it, and last week got us down quite a bit. This is definitely going to lift us back up, so we'll try to—I think it's not about carrying momentum, it's about getting momentum, and I think this is the beginning of hopefully what can get us the momentum we need to get where we need to.”

 

POST-RACE MARTINSVILLE II:
“This is turning into one of these just incredible storybook finishes to this year, to this career. Of all years, I mean, of all years, I cannot believe this. I'm so excited it's happening in this year. That was clutch. That was huge.


“Yeah, we had a few things that fell in our favor. But you got to be there and be ready for that moment when it comes, and we were.

“Our car was pretty solid all day. Our restarts were pretty good. We fought through some things. Our car was good on the long runs. We were having to make some adjustments there. Yeah, we still had to go battle.



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Jeff Gordon comes down pit road during a practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October.

“Jamie is real aggressive on those restarts. Kyle and some other guys there. We had to battle it out with them. Whew, man, it was tough.

“Gosh, this feels amazing. Feels amazing to be able to go to Homestead and go battle for that championship.”

 

 

POST-QUALIFYING HOMESTEAD-MIAMI:
“Is that even a question? That’s crazy. I mean, that’s life-changing. It’s something that—I mean, I’m sure it’s been done in some sport, but I don’t think it’s ever been done in this sport.


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Jeff Gordon during driver introductions at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.


“You know, right now I’m not even thinking and fathoming that. I’m just really happy about how we qualified, so I’m hoping that we can take that fast race car and do some more with it tomorrow and Sunday, and we’ll see what happens.


“But that’s too much for me to think about. I have no idea. It would be the best one I ever did. I can tell you that.”

 

POST-RACE HOMESTEAD-MIAMI:
“I think last year only helped me make the decision because we had such a great year, it only made it easier for me because I knew it was coming. I felt like this was the right time. 

A lot of things added up to make it the right time, and I was just proud of what I did last year. To me last year was a great year that I could have walked away from the sport, and it was like, yeah, I feel like I went out pretty much on top.

“So this year was disappointing in so many ways for a good portion of the season because I thought we had the ability to run like we did last year. 

I didn't think that our competition would catch up as much as they did, as well as the rule changes with the power and the aero would affect us as much as it did.

“You know, that kind of caught me off guard, and I can't say that I was enjoying the competition halfway through the season. 


But then I saw a change, and I saw it start to turn a corner, and I started to think, 'Okay, you know, there's still a chance that we can end this season by doing it competitively the way that I want to do it.'

“That doesn't mean that I had to win a championship or even compete for a championship, but I wanted to win a race at least, and I wanted to show that I still have what it takes. I think the Chase truly showed that. I'm extremely proud of my driving and our team effort over these last 10 races.


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Jeff Gordon practices for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.


“I think that that's something that is going to stick with me for a very long time, and how I made the announcement and how we approached the season and how we finished it.”



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Jeff Gordon and team owner Rick Hendrick hug proceeding the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
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