23 Jan 2015

Gordon to take a back seat after NASCAR season

2:32 pm on 23 January 2015

Four-time NASCAR motor racing champion Jeff Gordon, who ranks third in all-time race wins, has announced the 2015 season will be his last as a full-time driver.

Nascar driver Jeff Gordon.

Nascar driver Jeff Gordon. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Gordon has three Daytona 500 victories and a record five Brickyard 400 wins.

The 43-year-old, who won the NASCAR series title in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001, says he didn't foresee a day when he would ever step away from racing and retire.

He said he wouldn't use the R-word because he planned to stay extremely busy in the years ahead and there was always the possibility he could compete in selected events, although he currently has no plans to do that.

Gordon's 92 victories rank third on the all-time NASCAR list behind Hall of Famers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105).

He finished sixth in the NASCAR standings in 2014.

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