Bristol Motor Speedway Honors Jeff Gordon With His Own Terraceby Hunter Thomas August 21, 2015 0 comments
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bristol Motor Speedway announced on Friday afternoon that a portion of the backstretch grandstands will be named after four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jeff Gordon in 2016.
In 45 starts at The Last Great Colosseum, Gordon has amassed five wins, five poles, 17 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes in 45 starts. Over the years, he has led 2,730 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway. Gordon made his first start at Bristol Motor Speedway in April of 1993, and on Saturday night in the IRWIN Tools Night Race, he’ll make his last.
“This place is awesome,” Gordon said. “I love coming here. I’ve enjoyed competing here, but this is one of those tracks that it brings the fan out in all of us. For you (Bristol Motor Speedway) to honor me this way means so much to me. I get to enjoy this honor for years to come. I’m very proud of that. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished here and can’t thank you enough.”
This weekend, Jeff Gordon is running the throwback rainbow scheme that he has had so much success with from his rookie season in 1992 to 2000. Gordon won four straight spring races at the speedway from 1995 to 1998.
“I’m so proud of Sam (Bass, artist) for creating that paint scheme to begin with all the way back to Dupont and now Axalta,” Gordon said. “I give them a tremendous amount of credit for bringing this back and the fans. The fans have spoken. I thought driving the rainbow paint scheme was in my rearview mirror, but the fans overwhelmingly fought for it and wanted to see it one more time. Thanks to Axalta for making that happen.”
As Gordon enters Saturday night’s race, he currently sits 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings. He currently has no wins this season, but Bristol Motor Speedway is certainly a strong track for the 44-year old, so look for Gordon to be strong. He’ll start Saturday’s event in the 24th position.
The IRWIN Tools Night Race will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night.