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Fan has house painted to match 'Rainbow 24' The photo below showed up on R/NASCAR with little context, but one thing is crystal clear -- this has to be Jeff Gordon 's biggest fan. We've seen fans get tattoos, hair cuts, even model their car after the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion, but this? Molding your house after Gordon's famed No. 24 DuPont paint scheme takes commitment -- and guts. Props, mystery Jeff -Gordon-house-person.
RELATED: NASCAR doubles restart zone " Drivers weigh in on restart change DOVER, Del. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers appear to be pleased with NASCAR's decision to lengthen the restart zone used at tracks, but say that the move won't completely erase the gamesmanship that plays out when the field prepares to take the green flag. The sanctioning body announced earlier this week that the restart zone for this weekend's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway had been expanded from 70 feet to 140 feet. Likewise, the zones at upcoming events in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup would also be expanded, with the actual length of the zone to be determined by the size of the track. Restart zones, located prior to the start/finish line, indicate where the race leader, or control car, is allowed to accelerate when the race is either beginning or coming out of a caution period. Issues with drivers timing their starts to gain an advantage on the leader have led to complaints from competitors and explanations of how restarts are policed as well as warnings to toe the line during drivers' meetings. Beginning with the first Chase race, at Chicagoland Speedway , NASCAR stationed an official inside the track near the restart zone, and added a high definition camera to provide additional information should the need arise. At Chicagoland, Jeff Gordon appeared to jump the restart while starting second alongside Kyle Busch . NASCAR reviewed the restart and eventually ruled that no infraction took place. RELATED: What NASCAR said after the Chicagoland restart was reviewed Last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , Brad Keselowski was black-flagged for jumping the restart, although he did not complete a pass of race leader Greg Biffle during the restart. "I absolutely love it," Gordon, a four-time series champion, said Friday at Dover. "I think it's a great move." Gordon's been around longer than any current full-time driver, and has seen the way NASCAR handles restarts evolve from single-file to double-file, from not allowing the leader to be passed before the start/finish line to making that line a non-factor on restarts. The use of restart zones and how they have been policed, while a good idea, was "too extreme," according to the Hendrick Motorsports driver. "It used to be a mark on the wall and it was go in the vicinity of this mark and this area, but really the way the rules were written you could kind of go all the way to the start/finish line," he said. "People pushed the limits on that and forced NASCAR to make this box that we currently have. "The box was always too small. It just makes the whole front row very vulnerable and not just the second-place car, but the leader as well. It has needed to be bigger. My only question is did they go big enough?" Gordon said he had his team's engineers do a study of the restart zones, and discovered that "the average time that you are in that box and had time to react to a restart was barely more than one second. "It may look like it's fairly big out there, (but) it is not," he said. "When you have one second to react in that area everyone can just anticipate what is going on but the people in the front row." The fact that a driver is the leader, said Joe Gibbs Racing 's Kyle Busch , should provide him with some advantage, however slight it might be. "This business isn't easy," Busch said. "... I think the biggest thing is just NASCAR making sure that they watch the roll – the people rolling up on other people. And … I feel as though the second-place guy can't beat the leader to the first (restart zone) mark, the end of the restart zone. "It doesn't matter about the start-finish line. It's the restart zone I feel like the leader should always be ahead." While extending the zone will give officials a bigger window in which to determine if a driver has jumped a restart, the change won't end drivers' attempts to push the envelope. But by finally ruling against a driver on a restart – something officials had not done recently – teams now know the possibility of the call coming down exists. "There's going to be plenty of gamesmanship still, and I think NASCAR has also set the precedent with what they did last week and enforcing the rule," Joey Logano , Keselowski's teammate at Team Penske , said. "That's something they need to continue doing. "It's not just having it happen one time and ... scare us, and then don't do anything about it for the next three weeks. "They finally put their foot down last week on what we can and can't do, and that rule needs to be consistent and make sure that when they see something they make the same call and be consistent with that."
DOVER, Del. – Jimmie Johnson 's NASCAR premier series career is a story of numbers. Wins? He's at 74 and counting, eighth most in the series and second among active drivers. Championships? Six, trailing only the seven won by NASCAR Hall of Fame members Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Second-place finishes? He's got 46 of those, also second most among active participants. The only item that Johnson can't put a number on involves retirement. "No, I do not have a number and I have not picked a number," Johnson said Friday at Dover International Speedway , site of Sunday's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). "As a kid growing up racing and as I got in the sport, I didn't say 'when I get to this age, I'm going to step down.' I haven't had that conversation and have not picked a number with my wife and said, 'OK honey, this is the point that I am going to stop.' It's really based on feel, and I have Chani's support on that as well. "When I feel like it's time, I am going to make that decision. Certainly (I) don't feel like it's time now." That may be bad news for his fellow racers. Johnson is the only driver to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup every year; he's won multiple races every year since his first full season in 2002 and he has finished outside the top five in points only twice during his 14-year career. In a sport that changes constantly, Johnson and success have been linked since Day 1. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon , 44, is stepping aside at year's end. Fellow series champion Tony Stewart , also 44, has announced that 2016 will be his last as a Sprint Cup Series driver. "I remember watching Rusty (Wallace) pick a number and then remember talking to (him) in years following that and I still think he's mad he stopped," Johnson said. "I think he feels like he could be out here racing with us and winning races. "So conversations with him, with Dale Jarrett, with other guys ... I have always been curious. Why, when, what tells you to stop? Mark (Martin) tried a half dozen times to retire and couldn't walk away. "So I want to make sure I do it once and not keep coming back." What he's looking for, he said, is "the moment." "That moment that you say, ‘Alright, it's time.' When that shows up, then I will step down." The final race in this year's Challenger Round is set for Sunday. It will be Johnson's 500th career start, and his fifth-place points position makes him a shoo-in to be one of the 12 drivers who advance into the Contender Round. Becoming a member of Hendrick Motorsports , paired with sponsor Lowe's and crew chief Chad Knaus, the success that followed has "been a life-changing experience," Johnson said, "something I dreamed of. "But I still couldn't have dreamed this big and have this much take place for us."
RELATED: Complete Dover schedule " Live weather updates Quick race facts What: AAA 400 Where: Dover International Speedway , 1-mile oval in Dover, Delaware. Green flag time: 2:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Forecast: Breezy and cloudy with a slight chance of rain after noon; High of 66 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. National anthem: Sam Harris, X Ambassadors. Grand marshal: Rosie Perez, Academy Award-nominated actress, choreographer. Distance: 400 laps, 400 miles. Pit road speed: 35 mph Caution car speed: 45 mph On the front row 1. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (No time trials). 2. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (No time trials). Fastest in practice First practice: Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet., 160.506 mph. ( Results ) Final practice: Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, 156.033 mph. ( Results ) Key story lines 1. Many scenarios for Chase elimination race 2. Drivers applaud newly expanded restart zone 3. Harvick says he 'likes these situations' 4. Bowyer to drive for HScott in 2016 Former winners in the field Jimmie Johnson (10); Jeff Gordon (5); Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman (3); Greg Biffle , Kyle Busch , Matt Kenseth (2); Brad Keselowski , Carl Edwards , Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Kurt Busch , Martin Truex Jr . (1) They said it "There's been no give-up in this 18 all year long and there's none right now. We're just going to power on through and do what we need to do to get to the next round." Kyle Busch , on facing adversity to make it past the Challenger Round.
Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon talk about issues with restarts with hopes that the new restart zone expansion will correct the process.
Sixteen-time National Hot Rod Association champion John Force will pay tribute to NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon this weekend with a special paint scheme honoring the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. The red and blue scheme, billed as "Thank You Jeff Gordon ," will be run on Force's Peak-sponsored Chevrolet Funny Car during the Carolina Nationals, slated for Friday through Sunday at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. The design also includes flames similar to those that adorned Gordon's earlier NASCAR Sprint Cup entries, as well as the No. 24 on the sides and roof of the car. "I got the idea for the flames from Jeff telling me years ago he was a fan because I was always on fire," Force said in a team release announcing the tribute. "He was right; when I got started we were on fire from here to Australia." Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports , will retire from full-time competition at the end of 2015. The 44-year-old captured NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. His 92 career victories rank No. 3 on NASCAR's all-time wins list, trailing only seven-time champion Richard Petty (200) and three-time champ David Pearson (105). He tweeted Tuesday night: "Man, that is so cool. Thanks, John ... for that awesome tribute and paint scheme." Gordon is also one of 16 drivers competing in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , scheduled to get underway this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway with the running of the myAFibRisk.com 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM Radio). RELATED: See the entire Chase Grid "I always enjoyed seeing Jeff at races and award banquets," Force said. "The guy was just so polite and professional but you knew he had the eye of the tiger too. You don't win all those championships on your good looks. "This special Funny Car is just a way for me, my family, my team, my sponsors, NHRA and the fans to say thank you for being a great champion and being such a great driver in NASCAR."
RELATED: Full coverage of Gordon's final season Jeff Gordon revealed the paint scheme he will run in his final race as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver on FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Race Hub" on Tuesday evening. Appearing on the FS1 program, Gordon pulled the cover off his No. 24 Chevrolet SS to display a silver and flame-themed race car. Here it is-- @AxaltaRacing 's final paint scheme of '15 & @JeffGordonWeb 's final career paint scheme! #WePaintWinners pic.twitter.com/Y2DszpBXu4 — Axalta Racing (@AxaltaRacing) September 22, 2015 Here it is! @JeffGordonWeb 's final paint scheme, the @AxaltaRacing Chevy SS he'll race @HomesteadMiami . pic.twitter.com/jygNNpc2Hl — Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) September 22, 2015 Here it is. The final @AxaltaRacing @TeamChevy for @HomesteadMiami ! What do you think? #NASCAR #Team24 pic.twitter.com/6D108GpHd5 — Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) September 22, 2015 The four-time champion will run the special paint scheme in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale Ford EcoBoost 400 event at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Be sure to tune in to see Gordon wrap up his Hall of Fame-worthy career on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. RELATED: Gordon has 'No plans to run any races after this year' This weekend, Gordon is set to become NASCAR's "Iron Man" by making his 789th consecutive start in the Sprint Cup Series when the series comes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sylvania 300 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Gordon tied Ricky Rudd's mark of 788 consecutive starts last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway . Gordon will be joining FOX's NASCAR broadcast crew in 2016 upon the completion of his historic career. To read more about his role with FOX, click here .
RELATED: Chicagoland results " Gordon ties 'Ironman' record JOLIET, Ill. -- Jeff Gordon tied one mark but the title he was really after slipped away like a worn set of Goodyear tires. On a final restart. With the race on the line. "It's the best I've run all year long," Gordon said, trying to find the silver lining in the dark cloud of a 14th-place finish Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway . It was the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup , the first of 10 stops that will determine this year's champion. It's the last Chase for Gordon, who will step aside at year's end. He's 44 and nearly all of that time has been spent behind the wheel of a race car. He equaled former driver Ricky Rudd's record for consecutive starts, at 788, when he fired up the engine on his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Sunday. PHOTOS: Gordon through the years He led laps in the myAFibRisk.com 400 -- 41 by day's end. But a decision to stay out under caution, wagering four used tires and track position might be enough to take him back to victory lane for a 93rd time, failed to materialize. Second alongside Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) on the Lap 263 restart, Gordon was unable to hold his line as the field raced across the start/finish line and off into Turn 1 on the 1.5-mile track. His Chevrolet pushed up the track, higher and higher, losing momentum and losing positions. Nothing else could be done but to gather it back in and hold off those he could during the final five-lap dash. Busch and Denny Hamlin also chose not to pit prior to the final restart. Hamlin shot underneath Gordon and raced past Busch to take the lead in Turns 1 and 2 and there was no catching the Joe Gibbs Racing driver after that. "I was just trying to hold pace with Kurt; I knew I had Denny behind me on older tires as well," Gordon said later. "I was somewhat encouraged for that. (Denny) got a good run on me. I blocked him. He's pushing me and we're on the apron. I felt like I did a good job, I just came up off the apron a little too early. "He was just able to motor right on by me on the inside. Once I got three wide, we were done. It was over at that point." The result left Gordon 12th in points with two races remaining – next week's stop at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway the following week – in the opening Challenger Round of the Chase. Only the top 12, including any Chase driver with a win, advance. Three of those trailing Gordon have yet to win this season. The fourth, defending series champion Kevin Harvick , has two wins and more runnerup finishes (10) than anyone since Bobby Allison in 1972. It was the most laps led in a race by Gordon since the spring race earlier this year at Talladega Superspeedway and his first time at the front in his last four starts. "One thing you have to understand is we haven't been running the way we've been running from a lack of effort," Gordon said. "And we didn't run the way we did today without putting a lot of hard work into bringing better race cars to the race track. "I'm extremely encouraged by that. ... Everybody's been working together to make improvements because we know we've been behind. Today was extremely encouraging."