Retirement? What retirement? Jeff Gordon will leave the broadcast booth to suit up and race the NASCAR Brickyard 400 at Indiana Motor Speedway on July 24 if his former teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is too injured to drive!
Well, that retirement didn’t last that long. Jeff Gordon, 44, ended his 23-year career at the end of the 2015 NASCAR season – or so everyone thought. Now, if his former teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 41, isn’t medically cleared to race in The Combat Wounded Coalition 400 At The Brickyard in Indy on July 24, Jeff will jump into the No. 88 car!
Dale has been experiencing “concussion-like symptoms” after crashes at Michigan on June 12 and Daytona on July 2, per ESPN. Dale’s team, Hendrick Motorsports, said they’re pulling him from the New Hampshire 301 on July 17. Alex Bowman, 23, will race Dale’s No. 88 car because Jeff is currently in France and can’t make it.
Wow. If there was anyone who could be called a ringer in NASCAR, it’s Jeff. “He’s a four-time champion with 93 wins, “ Doug Duchart, Hendrick Motorsports general manager, said on July 15. “He’s not a bad person to think about to get in the car.” Also – Jeff won the first Brickyard 400 in 1994 and he still holds the record for most victories at Indy with 5.
Dale doesn’t have to worry about Jeff stealing his ride, as Doug said, “When Day is ready, it’s his car to get back into.” However, this might kick off Jeff’s big comeback. 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Kylie Busch, 31, wouldn’t be surprised if he sees Jeff back on the track.
“[He] always said when he was stepping to the side that he was not retiring,” Kylie said, “so I think that is pretty neat that there’s an opportunity there for him to come back and race in one of his favorite races.” Well, if Jeff beats Kylie during the Brickyard 400, the younger Busch brother won’t think it’s so “neat.”
What do you think about Jeff possibly coming out of retirement to race at Indy, HollywoodLifers? Do you want to see him get a permanent ride?