Reversal of Fortune
August 24 - - Jeff Gordon's night at Bristol Motor Speedway was an exercise in frustration as he posted a 16th place finish.
Gordon struggled with the handling in the mid-stages and his problems were exacerbated by a pit road mistake. Gordon was running in the top-10
when he came to pit road for a stop on lap 170. However, he overshot the pit box and restarted in 20th place. He never ran higher than 12th place for the rest of the night.
The 16th place finish at Bristol was Gordon's lowest short track finish in the last 9 races. Nevertheless, he remained the NASCAR series points leader (+27) with two races
remaining before the Chase begins. The other three times he finished below 15th in 2014, he won the following race.
"I'm kind of glad this track is not in the Chase because it was tricky," Gordon said. "It was just really challenging. I would hit one good lap and I couldn't do it for the next 10 laps. Then I would hit another good lap and just the way the rubber was building
up in that outside groove it was really challenging. The conditions were a lot different than in practice. Looking back on it I wish I would have worked on a couple of more
things in practice and been better tonight."
Bristol Race Recap
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3M For 3 Years
August 12 - - 3M will serve as primary sponsor on the #24 Sprint Cup series car for 11 races
per season in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The addition of 3M completes Jeff Gordon's primary sponsor lineup for next season.
The AARP Foundation will serve as primary sponsor in 13 races, 3M will have 11 races, and Axalta Coatings will
have 10 races. Pepsi (2) and Panasonic (2) round out the lineup. The addition of another primary sponsor became necessary when the AARP
Foundation scaled back its involvement from 23 events this year to 13 events in 2015. "With this deal, we align with champion driver
Jeff Gordon and an organization at the top of its game in Hendrick Motorsports," said Jesse Singh, senior vice president,
3M Global Sales and Marketing.
Fight On Against Pediatric Cancer
As you may know, I didn't start a website about Jeff Gordon with the intention of raising money to fight pediatric cancer. In 2011,
forever altered the course of my life. Jackson's battle against cancer sparked my efforts to give more children a fighting chance against the disease.
I have many teammates who open their hearts and wallets every time I have a pediatric cancer fundraising event. Whether you've donated $5, $500, or $5,000,
your continued support means to the world to me. My fundraising efforts are directly tied to the power of teamwork. It is truly, as the inscription at Hendrick Motorsports reads,
"the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results." Please consider a donation and join our team in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Essay: "False Echoes" - On life, loss, and the everlasting impact of Jackson Panzarello
Essay: Childhood Cancer Action Day
Oct 24-28, 2013: A long weekend in Southern California in honor of the inspiration
who put me on this incredible path to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. It was humbling to read the piece on USC's website about my pediatric cancer
fundraising efforts in honor of Jackson Panzarello to support The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Kick-It, and CureSearch.
Read: "Fighting On for Jackson"
Homecoming Game: Trip to Charlotte on Sept 11 for a Kick It event
with my amazing teammates in our mutual fight to end childhood cancer.
PIC: 'The Boys In The Band'
JGCF Annual Report - Honored to be featured in The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation
Annual Report (p.15 of PDF, p.27 of report)
Making A Difference
Pediatric cancer fundraising total: $72,481*
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation: $13,203
Kick It for Children's Cancer: $0
St. Baldrick's Foundation: $150
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation: $20,300
Kick It for Children's Cancer: $5,140
St. Baldrick's Foundation: $159
Marnie Jude Foundation: $32
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation: $12,681
Kick It for Children's Cancer: $12,608
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation: $1,752
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1994- Jeff Gordon takes the lead from Ernie Irvan in the late stages and wins the inaugural Brickyard 400.