Jeff and family are in Belgium, the homeland of wife Ingrid Vandebosch while the Sprint Cup series takes a week off. Jeff checked out some of the race tracks in the region including Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps where he was offered to take a few hot laps which he denied. In the video below you’ll see Jeff comment on the long Nascar season, the global economic crisis and his surge back to the top of the standings in 2009.
Archives for March 2009
Jeff will sport a retro Pepsi paint scheme from Darrell Waltrip’s 1983 season at Talladega on April 26th.
[photos courtesy of dalesrfannumber at simracingdesign.com]
March 8 – – Jeff Gordon came within one daring late race move of his first victory of the season before settling for a runner-up finish in the Kobalt 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon, driving the black and silver National Guard Chevrolet, led the race with less than 80 laps to go, but fell to 4th on pit road after a dropped lug nut. He battled back and got a needed green/white/checkered finish to close the gap on the leaders. He restarted in 3rd and was edged near the wall by eventual winner Kurt Busch before getting around Carl Edwards. However, he was unable to run down Busch for the victory.
Kobalt 500 – 2nd Place [audio:http://www.scannerbytes.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jeff-gordon-2009-03-08-kobalt-500-atlanta.mp3]
Pit Road Interview [audio:http://www.scannerbytes.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jeff-gordon-2009-03-08-kobalt-500-atlanta-pit-road-interview.mp3]
March 6 – – Jeff Gordon will start 16th in Sunday’s Kobalt 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race is the first of eight with the National Guard as the primary sponsor on his car. The silver and black #24 Chevrolet is looking for victory lane for the first time since October 2007. Although Gordon remains on a 43-race winless streak, he leads the points standings for the first time in nearly 17 months– giving him an inside track to qualify for the chase for the championship. “We wanted to come out of the box strong and we have,” Gordon said. “Our goal coming into this season was to run in the top five, lead laps and put ourselves in position to win races. If you do that then you’re going to make the Chase. If you do it really well, you’re going to have a shot at winning the championship.”
New National Guard Paint Scheme:
Race: Sunday, March 8, 2009 in Hampton, GA
Title Sponsor: Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et
Television Coverage: FOX 1:30pm/et
SPEED’s NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Thursday, March 12 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
Practices: Friday, March 6, 3:00 – 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, March 7, 11:00 – 11:45 am/et, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour ‘Final’ practice: Friday, March 7, 12:20 – 1:20pm/et, TV-SPEED
Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 6, 2:00pm/et
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, March 6 at 6:45pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air on SPEED 12:00am/et;
AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
Live In-Car Audio
#18 Kyle Busch Ch. 158
#24 Jeff Gordon Ch. 121
#33 Clint Bowyer Ch. 125
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ch. 127
#?? Fan’s Choice Ch. 113
Fan’s Choice voting closes Friday at 5 pm ET.
Last year Jeff hit a less than glamorous milestone, a winless season for the first time in his career. So, the question will be asked, “Will Jeff Gordon win this year?” Well, of course! He has been very competitive in each of the 3 races this year and is now atop the points leader board. The team is already leaps and bounds better than they were last year at this time. Read more about this question everyone is asking at the Orlando Sentinel.
This week at Atlanta will be the first of 8 races where Jeff will show off his new National Guard paint scheme instead of the familiar Dupont logo. The other tracks where the new design will be run will be Texas, Darlington, Michigan, Chicago, Richmond, New Hampshire, and Martinsville.
March 1 – – Jeff Gordon seemed destined for a top-three finish in the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. However, a mental mistake with 65 laps to go wound up costing him a potential victory. Gordon missed pit road, locked up his brakes, and wound up shredding the left front tire and the fender on the DuPont Chevrolet. After patchwork repairs, Gordon went to work on the track and rallied for a solid 6th place finish– which allowed him to take the points lead for the first time since October 2007. He also surpassed 20,000 laps led in his Cup series career when he led the mid-stages of the event.
Shelby 427 – 6th Place [audio:http://www.scannerbytes.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jeff-gordon-2009-03-01-shelby-427-las-vegas.mp3]
Jeff gets his 20,000th lap lead in his career, passing Rusty Wallace
Jeff’s tire blows entering the pits