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.
Relive 2014's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway as Jeff Gordon punches his ticket into the Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Former Joe Gibbs Racing tire changer Nick Odell has signed a deal with Hendrick Motorsports that will make him a member of the No. 24 pit crew, the team confirmed. Odell drew interest from several teams after he was released by JGR last week. He was a longtime front tire changer for the No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch . Scott Brzozowski was the front tire changer for the No. 24 team. He came to Hendrick Motorsports after working with the No. 39 crew of Ryan Newman at Stewart-Haas Racing . Brzozowski will move from the No. 24 team to the No. 88 team of Dale Earnhardt Jr . as its starting front tire changer. Brzozowski will replace David Mayo, who will return to a backup role. The roster moves are in effect starting at Dover. It's the second tweak to Earnhardt's pit crew in the past month. The changes to the No. 18 team last week came after changes to several teams in Chase contention, including the No. 88 pit crew, the No. 2 crew for Brad Keselowski 's Ford and the No. 78 group that services Martin Truex Jr .'s Chevrolet. For more pit crew information, visit PitTalks.com .
RELATED: Watch Harvick's shove, Jimmie's reaction LOUDON, N.H. -- When asked about his teammate Jimmie Johnson 's post-race dust-up last week at Chicago, Jeff Gordon took both the high road and the middle ground. Gordon , who had his own highly publicized, oft-replayed scuffle in last year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with Brad Keselowski at Texas, was asked about a confrontation between his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson and fellow Chevrolet driver Kevin Harvick after the two collided in the Chase opener at Chicagoland. RELATED: Relive the Gordon -Keselowski brawl After the race, Harvick was seen on video shoving Johnson after the six-time champ came over to discuss the incident. After pushing Johnson, Harvick was restrained by his business manager while Johnson walked away from the situation. How would Gordon have reacted? "I wasn't in that situation so you don't know how you're going to react in those situations until you're in them,'' Gordon said Friday from New Hampshire Motor Speedway . "We all agree maybe Jimmie should have waited a little longer before he approached Kevin on that one. "When I look at Jimmie, his sincerity of trying to patch things up with somebody I believe he respects on the track and give his side of it is admirable, just maybe off on the timing of it." Gordon said he also understood Harvick's extreme frustration. After the contact with Johnson's car, Harvick's car blew a tire and hit the wall, suffering enough damage to send the team to the garage for an extended amount of time. He returned to the track but finished 42nd -- putting him in a big deficit with two races left to advance to the next elimination round. "On the flip side with Kevin, I can completely understand the frustration and anger that would be built up in a situation like that,'' Gordon said. "I can't see where he did anything wrong. He tried to restart and didn't get as good a restart as he wanted. Someone got inside of him and he's holding his ground and they made contact. "It was a racing incident in my opinion." And, Gordon conceded, the whole situation held a familiar feel. "It does remind me of the incident I had with Keselowski last year where a guy's being aggressive and making a move and that's all fine and good until your tire blows,'' Gordon said. "You need to understand the level of anger that's going to be built from that, especially if it takes you out of the Chase. "That's why I reacted the way I reacted and probably why Kevin did as well."
RELATED: Gordon sets new NASCAR standard To be a sport's "Iron Man" requires battling through plenty -- nagging injuries, poor performance at times and so much more. It also requires longevity, which comes from being pretty successful over the course of a long career. You can't become a sport's Iron Man overnight. On Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , Jeff Gordon became the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Iron Man. With his start in the Sylvania 300 at the "Magic Mile," Gordon made his 789th consecutive start. Ricky Rudd had held the honor since passing soon-to-be NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte in 2002, with the final total of 788 consecutive starts ending when Rudd didn't start the 2006 Daytona 500 . But think about this -- It took Gordon 24 years and 23 full-time seasons to set a new mark and it comes as he now has just eight races left in his full-time career after New Hampshire. The longevity and success that comes with being able to set such a mark is remarkable. Gordon has been a four-time champion in the sport's top series, won 92 races in his career and is a surefire Hall of Famer. If he wasn't winning races and titles, he would not have been in position to set this record. He has overcome some back trouble en route to passing Rudd but just as so routinely dispatched competitors in the prime of his career, he battled past the back issues. Gordon's breaking of this record brings back memories of when Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's Major League Baseball record for consecutive games played in 1995. Gehrig's mark of 2,130 consecutive games played, which ended in the 1939 season, was thought to be a record that would stay with the Hall New York Yankees Hall of Famer forever. But Ripken Jr. broke Gehrig's record on Sept. 6, 1995 and went on to establish a new mark with 2,632 before bringing his streak to an end late in 1998 season. Interestingly, Gordon tied Rudd's mark 17 years to the day that Ripken ended his streak. Ripken, a Hall of Famer for the Baltimore Orioles, battled plenty during his long run to get to the record: slumps, changing batting stances, sprained ankles and a knee injury suffered in a brawl. His streak lasted parts of 17 seasons and it took him 14 seasons to catch Gehrig, simply by doing one of the most overlooked tasks in life: showing up, ready to go to work. On the night Ripken broke the record, he hit a home run in the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fifth when the game became official, Ripken received a standing ovation at Oriole Park at Camden Yards that lasted over 20 minutes with umpires, opposing players, teammates and fans saluting the Orioles legend. Ripken did a victory lap around the field to shake hands with fans. While Gordon and Ripken reached their milestones with one team, NFL quarterback Brett Favre took a different path. Favre played most of his career for the Green Bay Packers, winning one Super Bowl with the team, but also had stints with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. Favre holds the record of most consecutive starts by any player in the NFL with 297 (321 if you count playoff games) and he is just one of eight quarterbacks to have started 100 consecutive games. Even more mind blowing, 238 quarterbacks made starts in the NFL during his streak. Favre broke the mark of 116 held by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, turned ESPN analyst, Ron Jaworski in 1999 and he broke the mark for consecutive starts at any position, 271, in 2009. Favre's streak would come to an end toward the end of 2010 when he suffered a shoulder injury. Favre is on the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot and will likely get enshrined in Canton, Ohio, in short order. Legends set records that push them into another realm in their sport and Gordon's consecutive start mark is just the latest in a long line of athletic accomplishments to do so. The fact that it comes in what is his final full-time season is both poetic and fitting as his own racing career is winding down. As an Iron Man, Gordon is in a unique class that recognizes both the length and greatness of his career.
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."
RELATED: Tonight's complete lineup " Chase-clinching scenarios for Richmond RICHMOND, Va. – Jeff Gordon can clinch a spot in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a finish of 17th or better in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Richmond International Raceway . But take nothing for granted. While 17th doesn't seem to be too daunting of a task, the Hendrick Motorsports driver has failed to do that in three of his last six starts. Maybe that's why Gordon said he doesn't choose to focus on a specific position, particularly 17th. He's been in similar situations. It's certainly not his first rodeo, or race. "I am just coming here like every other member of my team," Gordon , a four-time series champion, said Friday at Richmond, "and focused on doing our job to try and win the race and get a solid night and finish. "I really believe if we can execute, which has been one of our challenges this year, then I don't think that is an issue." Eleven of this year's 16 Chase spots are spoken for, and Jamie McMurray 's first appearance in the 10-race playoff will be secured as soon as the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver takes the green flag. Should Gordon lead a lap, his required finishing position falls to 18th; should he lead the most laps, he could finish 19th and clinch. He line up 23rd for Saturday night's race. "Throughout my career, every time I went into a race and someone said that I have to finish 17th or better, we usually hovered around 18th all night," Gordon , 44, said. That being the case, the focus is on a somewhat better finish, "top-five, top-10. "And if we execute we can be a solid enough of a team to where we don't have to worry about that." Forty-five of Gordon's 786 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have come on Richmond's .75-mile layout. He's a two-time Richmond winner, but the last victory came 15 years ago. And the track isn't one of his strongest – among active tracks it's No. 17 on the list in terms of average finishing position. Gordon has finished second in two of his last three Richmond starts. Saturday night, he'll suit up for the final time for an event here – his career shifts from the car to the television booth beginning in 2016. On the line is a berth in the Chase. Gordon has made 10 of 11, second to only teammate Jimmie Johnson and his 11-for-11 perfect record. "It's a great short track, and ... one that I have always enjoyed," Gordon said. "I haven't always had great runs here, but some years we just nail it, really dominate and run up front. Others years we struggle a little bit. "It's just the challenging nature of a short track ... and the competition."
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."
Jeff Gordon talks about where his consecutive starts record places among the other stats in his storied career and ponders whether the next generation of drivers will have an easier time breaking his mark.