NBC Sports on-air analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte weigh in on Jeff Gordon's announcement that 2015 will be his last full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series.
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Get the latest news on the four-time champion Gordon announces that 2015 will be final full-time season Jeff Gordon announces on Jan. 22 that 2015 will be his final full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. The four-time champion has driven his entire premier series career with Hendrick Motorsports . " Read more See the top 24 moments in Gordon's career With one more full-time season, Jeff Gordon has a chance to add to his impressive racing resume. We examine the top 24 moments in the career of the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet to this point. " View Gordon's top moments Bruce: If this is it, Gordon is going out on top With 92 wins, four championships and plenty of other accomplishments in NASCAR, Jeff Gordon is a shoo-in to be a first ballot NASCAR Hall of Famer, writes Kenny Bruce. " Read more Drivers react to Gordon's announcement From his Hendrick teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Jimmie Johnson to Clint Bowyer to many more, drivers and others share reactions to Jeff Gordon 's news. " Read more " Hamlin shows off Gordon Fan Club membership card Fans share favorite memories NASCAR fans from all over are sharing their favorite Jeff Gordon memories with the hashtag #JGFinalLap. " Read more Statement from Brian France NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France calls Jeff Gordon someone who "transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race." " Read the full statement Striving for five Fresh off a four-win season that saw him nearly make the Championship 4, Jeff Gordon is geared up to go after his fifth title. " Read Gordon's season preview " Recap his 2014 season Loyal to Hendrick Jeff Gordon had opportunities to jump ship from Hendrick Motorsports , including one with Formula One, but Kenny Bruce finds out why Gordon stayed true to HMS through his entire career. " Read more A Man in Full When Jeff Gordon had to tell daughter Ella Sofia about his decision, he wasn't expecting the look on her face. Read what happened next as Gordon reacted as a father would. " Read more Best paint schemes Take a trip down Memory Lane and see some of the best paint schemes in Jeff Gordon 's illustrious career. Find out if your favorite is among our picks for the best. " Read more " See Gordon's 3M paint scheme for 2015 Inside the big reveal Jeff Gordon discusses what it was like to tell his co-workers at Hendrick Motorsports about his decision to make 2015 his final full-time season, and hints at his future plans. " Read more Gordon to join FOX Sports as NASCAR analyst After the dust from his final season announcement settled, Gordon also let the public know that we'll be seeing his face, along with Brad Keselowski 's and Kevin Harvick 's in the FOX Sports broadcast booth in 2015. " Read more Bowyer on Gordon: 'It's kind of like a divorce' Clint Bowyer offers his take on Jeff Gordon 's final full-time season and how their relationship has changed since their run-in at Phoenix in 2012. " Read more Gordon news catches Stewart off-guard Three-time champion Tony Stewart said he was sad by the news that Jeff Gordon 's final season competing for a championship will be 2015. His long-time rival share his thoughts on the news. " Read more Letarte, Burton weigh in on Gordon NBC Sports' NASCAR analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte weigh-in on the Jeff Gordon news. Letarte was Gordon's crew chief for several seasons at hendrick Motorsports. " See what they said
All-star lineup of talent includes Jeff Burton and Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the time since it was announced in July 2013 that NBC Sports would be returning to its coverage of NASCAR, a snowball effect-type buzz has been building around the media group's Stamford, Connecticut, studios that would make Winter Storm Juno jealous. With its first season of Sprint Cup Series coverage in nearly a decade barreling towards us, the buzz reached a paramount on Tuesday when the incoming, all-star team was introduced during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. "Everybody at NBC Sports is thrilled to be back in the sport," said Jeff Behnke, NBC Sports Vice President, NASCAR. "It's been eight and a half long years and I can tell you that the buzz around all of our production people, our engineers and our talent, sales, marketing; every group. We are absolutely thrilled to be back in the sport." Following Behnke's introduction, an eye-popping promo video for NBC's coverage (which begins Fourth of July weekend with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway ) was played, featuring enough high-throttle footage of raucous racing and wrecking to get the heart pumping -- and the season hasn't even started yet. "I wish you could go up to Stamford, Connecticut, and walk through the halls," said Kyle Petty, former driver and NBC newcomer. "They are truly excited to have this property; it's crazy. With the Premier League, with NHL, with NFL, some of the other properties that they have, the whole building there's a buzz, and there was a buzz building all last year. "That's the exciting part for me. Sometimes when you drove a race car, all it took was a different paint job on the car and you got excited when you showed up at the race track. Or you put on a different uniform, a different sponsor and you were excited. It was like being a kid again. This group is excited to come back. It's a new look, it's a different feel and I think they're going to bring some stuff this year that hopefully will excite (the media) but I know it's going to excite the fans." Of course, live racing on television can only take you so far without a group of highly talented individuals to call the action, so NBC has arranged a star-studded crew to bring it all home. Media veteran Rick Allen will helm the lap-by-lap duties while 21-time Sprint Cup Series winner Jeff Burton and former Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 crew chief Steve Letarte will join him for color commentary. Other on-air talent includes Marty Snider -- who was part of the original NBC coverage from 2001 to 2006 -- NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett, Krista Voda, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro, Dave Burns and Rutledge Wood. Motorsports journalists Nate Ryan and Dustin Long have also signed on for editorial coverage. For Burton , who was in the car for four races just a season ago with Michael Waltrip Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing , this whole "being a media member" thing is a completely new, heavier experience. "I've put on some weight," Burton said. "The media gets fed well, so that's been an issue for me. Jeff has done an incredible job of putting a group of people together. This is just like building a team, it really is. It's the same as being part of a race team. We have a goal that's different than winning races, but it's about doing the best broadcast we can and it's really been fun to get to know everybody." In addition to the studio in Stamford where the flagship show "NASCAR America" will be broadcast from, additional support will come from an NBC Sports studio in Charlotte, along with a smaller studio at Burton's own late model garage -- appropriately titled " Burton's Garage." While the long-time driver is more focused on the culinary aspects of being a member of the media, Letarte -- an employee of Hendrick for two decades -- may find that his biggest obstacle is objectivity. Even so, it's an aspect that he's looking forward to. "For 20 years, I've basically looked at one car and one car only,” Letarte, most recently crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr ., said. "…You're looking at one car and that car is your whole day. The opportunity to step back and see the entire race unfold, all 43 competitors, the different strategies; it's going to be nice to not have to cheer for one car but to cheer for a good race and to see what competitor can bring his best game that day. That's a big difference for me." The commitment to NASCAR that NBC is making cannot be understated, and it really began last year. The outlet found ways to marry motorsports into its coverage of other sports and entertainment, whether it’s seeing Jimmie Johnson race Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Snider doing a piece with Johnson and his love of bicycles for the Tour de France or Carl Edwards teaming with Kentucky Speedway for a Triple Crown promotion. Dale Jarrett will also have an upcoming segment on the Golf Channel to showcase his links knowledge. WATCH: Johnson race Fallon in a Cooler Scooter Race On Friday, we’ll see the newest installment of cross-promotion when the NASCAR Gridiron Challenge airs at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, pairing drivers with former NFL players for a 20-lap race and an NFL skills-type challenge. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Driver tweets that he currently does not have truck program for this season Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live It's a different season, but it's a problem that is becoming all too familiar for Jeb Burton . On Wednesday, Burton tweeted out that he didn't have a truck program for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series because of a lack of sponsorship. Due to a lack of sponsorship,I do not have a truck program for this year. I will continue to do everything in my power to fulfill my dream! — Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) January 28, 2015 Burton , the son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton , spent the 2014 season with ThorSport Racing. The 22-year-old placed eighth in the standings with two top-fives and seven top-10s. This time last year, Burton was in a similar spot when Turner Scott Motorsports, Burton's racing home for his rookie campaign of 2013, announced the sponsor of the No. 4 truck had defaulted on payments and the truck would not run full-time. About a week later, Burton and ThorSport Racing worked out a deal that initially was race-by-race but by May was announced as full-season. In his rookie season, Burton won the June race at Texas Motor Speedway and tallied seven poles, five top-fives and 11 top-10s en route to a fifth-place finish in the final standings. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Bowyer's wife, Lorra, expecting couple's first child Clint Bowyer's "baby watch" continues. As a result of that, his team has made appropriate accommodations for this week's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (Sept. 28, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN). Jeff Burton will be on standby for the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing team. Burton has 40 career starts at Dover, 15 of which ended with top-10s. He also won once at the 1-mile concrete oval, in 2006. If called upon, it would be the third time since August Burton has served as a fill-in. He made two starts for Tony Stewart , in consecutive weeks at Michigan and Bristol, before Stewart returned to his seat in Atlanta. Burton has also made two starts in the No. 66 Toyota this year, at Las Vegas and New Hampshire. Bowyer is 19th in the standings after not qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His wife Lorra is due to deliver their first child, a boy -- which Bowyer had previously announced in a very Bowyer-esque manner. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
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