Earlier this year I read from one blogger that he thought Jeff Gordon would retire if he had a bad run on the track this year. To me I thought the whole notion of Gordon retiring was silly as I could have made the same case for Mark Martin, Jeff Burton or Elliott Sadler.
John Bickford, Gordon’s stepfather who oversees the four-time champion’s business affairs as general manager of Jeff Gordon Inc., told USA TODAY the four-time champion is five to six years away from retiring.
Anyone having 2010 or even 2011 as Gordon’s last Cup season can go ahead and scratch those dates out.
No longer the dominating winning driver he was Gordon is still one of the top stars in the sport and on any weekend is a contender out front. All that may be prevented by the quality of the cars his Hendrick teammates are given each week. Gordon’s biggest rival for winning races or even championships is his teammate Jimmy Johnson who has won the last four Sprint Cup titles and the last two events of the 2010 season.
Gordon who is in a lifetime contract with Hendrick racing has 82 career wins a 2-year old daughter and another baby on the way. Even that hasn’t slowed him down and Hendrick is working on extending the contract of DuPont on the 24 car.