Sep 27, 2015 7:41 PM
LOUDON - Lengendary NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon raced his car straight into the Hall of Fame Sunday afternoon at the Magic Mile, taking the title of Ironman.
The four-time champion broke Ricky Rudd's long-standing record of consecutive Sprint Cup Series starts. Gordon's start at Sylvania 300 was his 789th race.
Gary Brown, a die-hard Gordon fan for over two decades, carried around a license plate with the number 789 to represent his favorite driver. When NH1 asked Brown what it was like to watch Gordon race throughout the years he said, "It was terribly unpopular to wear a twenty-four hat. You were booed constantly, but I always stuck with Jeff."
To be exact, it took Gordon 24 years and 23 full-time seasons to set the record. With more than two decades of racing under his belt, Jeff Gordon had created a massive and loyal fan base who were happy to celebrate the feat in New England with him.
"I know he wants to be a commentator so that's good, but I don't know who to pick now," stated another supporting fan, Dino Errichetto.
But that may not be a problem for Gordon fans to pick a new favorite. Fresh young faces and racers who still have a long career ahead of them graced the track with talent and speed.
With just eight races left in his full-time career, New Hampshire Motor Speedway says goodbye to Jeff Gordon after he finishes 7th in the standings there.