Four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon has always been at the front of the field, both on the track and off it, particularly when it comes to his charitable work. Between the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, which funds medical research and programs that offer cancer treatments for kids, and AARP's Drive to End Hunger campaign, which raises money to feed seniors who don't have enough to eat, Gordon's efforts have helped many people, both young and old. WebMD announced recently that the Hendrick Motorsports driver has been nominated as a candidate for their 2015 People's Choice Health Hero award, alongside actresses Christina Applegate, Glenn Close and Carrie Fisher. To vote for Gordon , click here . The winner will be announced on November 5.
MORE: Gifts from Gordon's final season " SHOP: Gordon Rainbow Warrior gear Jeff Gordon 's iconic No. 24 rainbow paint scheme is back for this Saturday's IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The four-time champion has five career wins at Bristol, and a win on Saturday would lock him into the Chase Grid for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . How exactly did it all come together? Check it out with this video of the No. 24 paint scheme being wrapped, courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports . Bristol Motor Speedway also unveiled on Friday that the track in 2016 will have the " Jeff Gordon Terrace," a backstretch grandstand named after the legendary driver. Charlotte Motor Speedway also announced Friday its upcoming tribute to Gordon . Leading up to the Oct. 10 Bank of America 500 , the speedway is rolling out " Jeff's Last Ride: A 24-Day Salute." NASCAR licensed artist Sam Bass will create original artwork for the Bank of America 500 souvenir program as part of the salute, which also includes a 24-day social media campaign. Another highlight is a collection of iconic No. 24 race cars on display during the Charlotte Auto Fair Sept. 24-27.
Jeff Gordon's son gets fitted in adorable car RELATED: Watch Ella Sofia's first laps Look out, world. There's another Gordon behind the wheel. Jeff Gordon 's son Leo -- who turned 5 earlier this month -- is getting fitted in his own vehicle. Check out the tweet from Gordon's wife, Ingrid: Getting fitted pic.twitter.com/8CaNgZ21KV — Ingrid Vandebosch (@ivandebosch) August 23, 2015 Take a good look now at, perhaps, the 2036 NASCAR champion. With Gordon in the midst of his final full-time NASCAR season, we already knew that daughter Ella Sofia Gordon might follow in her father's footsteps. The 8-year-old started turning laps in a quarter midget when she was 6, and now it appears she will have company on the track. Good luck, Leo and Ella!
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner gives an all-access tour around the Sprint Cup Series garage at Bristol Motor Speedway and talks to Kyle Larson and Casey Mears in addition to showing off the rainbow paint scheme for Jeff Gordon .
Jeff Gordon offers up a few thoughts on the return of one of his most iconic paint schemes at Bristol Motor Speedway.
RELATED: Updated Chase Grid " Driver standings We hope you enjoyed some rest and relaxation during the off week for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. Because starting this week things are about to get real -- real fast. With just two races remaining until the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is set, there are still some spots up for grabs. Ten drivers are locked into postseason berths, but that means six openings are still available -- five if you're penciling in Kyle Busch , who has four 2015 wins but is 29th in points. Of the winless drivers who'd be in the Chase if it started today ( Jamie McMurray , Ryan Newman Paul Menard , Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer ), which one is most likely to lose his spot? Conversely, of the drivers currently outside the top 16, who is most likely to win their way into the postseason party? NASCAR.com editors George Winkler and Maggie MacKenzie are here to give their opinions. Check out their take, then vote in our poll and let us know your view in the comments section below. Winkler: Hey Maggie, hopefully the pressure won't get to you like it might get to some of these drivers. These are tense times indeed. One driver I'm skeptical about making the Chase is Paul Menard . Despite his heartwarming hometown win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America , Menard has visited Victory Lane only once in his Sprint Cup Series career. Qualifying for the Chase based on points is a dangerous way to live, especially when you consider Menard is just plus-19 points from the cutoff line. Throw in the fact Menard hasn't had much success at Darlington or Richmond (one top-10 finish in 25 races combined) and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him fall out of contention. MacKenzie: George, looks like we, once again, find ourselves in a head to head debate . You're right, tense times are upon us with the Chase looming in the near future and drivers are scrambling in last chance efforts to earn a coveted Chase berth. The clock is certainly ticking and I'm starting to feel the pressure -- are you? You've got a valid point about Menard and although I do think it is likely for him to fall out of the top 16, I'm going to have to pick a different driver. I think Clint Bowyer will be losing his spot before Menard does. Bowyer currently sits in the last spot on the grid, 17 points behind Jeff Gordon in the 15th position. Bowyer's safest bet for securing a spot in the Chase would be with a win since getting points is clearly not his forte this season. Unfortunately, the odds are against the driver of the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota as he hasn't visited Victory Lane since 2012 at Charlotte. Winkler: There's no clear choice outside of the top 16 for a driver making it into the Chase. It's going to take a special day and a pressure-packed win for any of them to get the job done. Kasey Kahne came through with the equivalent of a ninth-inning home run last year when he qualified for the Chase with a win at Atlanta in the second-to-last race of the 2014 regular season, and he could be the one to do it again. RELATED: Kahne proves bubble driver can make Chase Even though there's no reason to look at his recent performances and feel confident about the pick, there are some silver linings. He finished sixth at Richmond earlier this season, and he has a driver rating of 104.00 in the past five years at Darlington. MacKenzie: Ah, I like where you are going with this one, George. Although I don't think any driver outside of the grid has a great chance of entering the top 16, I, too, think Kahne could go for the repeat and get himself a last-minute win. And how great of a story would that make? The Hendrick Motorsports driver has been pretty vocal about how disappointing the past few races have been for him and he knows he needs a win . He has proven that he can work well under pressure after last year's Atlanta win so I say that if there is any driver who can snag a last-minute victory, it would be Kahne. MORE: Kahne knows he must win to earn Chase berth
Gamers and NASCAR fans are coming together with the latest venture with EA's Real Racing 3 franchise. EA is teaming up with NASCAR, and the partnership will incorporate an experience surrounding the upcoming Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 12 . Players will be able to choose a team and race alongside some of the NASCAR greats ( Jeff Gordon , Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Kyle Busch ), in the hopes of becoming a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. Cars that players will get to choose from will include real world sponsors and paint schemes from Hendrick Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing , Richard Childress Racing , Roush Fenway Racing , Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske . Those who play the latest update of the game -- even street racers and pros -- will get to learn about actual racing skills such as drafting, slingshot passing and navigating around a pack of cars (in a 43-car field, to be exact). Real Racing 3 can be downloaded for free at the App Store , Google Play and Amazon apps .
Four-time Cup champ gets gift from Michigan track president BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Look for Jeff Gordon at a race track infield near you -- as soon as he finds time to be a fan. Gordon is getting excited about the "real job" he has lined up for next season as an analyst for FOX, and he's still not comfortable with words like "retire" or "retirement." But he got another "won't be racing full-time next year" present from Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis, and this going away gift does involve a rocking chair. "He said at the beginning of the season, 'I don't want this to turn into a rocking chair season where you just give me a rocking chair … old man Jeff .' So we thought the best way to honor that request was to give him a Pure Michigan vacation at the hotel that has the longest porch in the world with the most rocking chairs in the world on it," Curtis said. Four nights at the Grand Hotel on Michigan Mackinac Island awaits Jeff , Ingrid, Leo and Ella as the defending Pure Michigan 400 winner visits for the final time the track where he has three wins, six poles and the qualifying record of 206.558 mph. "If you're going to leave the sport you might as well go to an island where they don't allow cars and really get away from the sport," Curtis joked. When Gordon does get time off, he's looking forward to that family vacation as well as getting some friends together, renting a mobile home and heading to an infield for some tailgaiting. "I always hear everything going on in the infield, but I'm not out there partaking in it … I get very envious hearing all the screaming and yelling and hooping and hollering and music going on out there, and knowing that I'm in my bus fixing my own dinner and getting ready for bed." Saying the finality of the season is seeping in, and his final trip to Michigan as a full-time Sprint Cup driver is bittersweet, Gordon hopes for a strong finish in the Pure Michigan 400 (2:30 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). "And I hope this one goes a LOT better than some of the other ones," Gordon quipped. "I've not had some of the best luck at some of my favorite and best tracks." Indeed: 41st at Atlanta, 16th at Sonoma, 42nd at Indianapolis and 41st at Watkins Glen, which Gordon referred to as a 'debacle.' Ouch. Insert very sad and angry emojis. Those finishes have added headaches to the back aches that sometimes plague Gordon . A staunch supporter of NASCAR safety efforts, Gordon said keeping his seat belts nice and tight probably has contributed to his back issues. "If I'm breathing when I roll off pit road, then it's not tight enough." But not every point on that harness gets super tight. "Now, in the crotch area, I would say that I might not pull it until my voice changes. I'm just saying. But as far as my lap belt and my shoulder belts, I pull them extremely tight."
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle are both battling for a Chase berth this weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway, but they're on opposite sides of the Chase bubble. Entering the Pure Michigan 400 (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) Biffle is 80 points behind the 16th and final Chase driver, Clint Bowyer . Gordon is in 12th place with a 59-point cushion between himself and Kasey Kahne , the first driver outside of the top 16. Given the different situations, does that mean Gordon and Biffle will take different approaches to Sunday's race? Gordon said he didn't feel like he had much cushion to play with given how frequently things change in this sport. "I just want to finish a race where I'm capable of running," Gordon said. "What we can't do is have problems that we've had; you can't get caught up in a wreck like we did in Indy. You can't have a brake issue like we had last week. We can't be finishing 30th and 40th. It's not like we have to win. We want to win and we're working hard to do that, but we know that top 10s are plenty good enough." While Gordon has the luxury of aiming for top-10 finishes, Biffle is facing perhaps his best chance for a victory before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. The Roush Fenway Racing driver leads active drivers with four Sprint Cup wins at Michigan and has finished in the top 10 in 15 of 25 races on the 2-mile track, but he has just two top-five finishes this season. Yes, Michigan has been good to Biffle, but does that success actually put extra pressure on him to get in the win column this weekend? And will he drive more aggressively to get that victory? "Yeah, I think a little of both," Biffle said. "We have four races and have to win one of them to get in the Chase. We have been very fortunate to make the Chase six of the last seven years. We feel the pressure, trust me. ... We felt like we have been close. Charlotte, last week and Pocono were all opportunities for us. This certainly could be a weekend for us." Or, it could be the weekend for Gordon to notch his first win of the season and assure himself a chance to make one final run at a fifth Sprint Cup championship. Gordon has won three times at Michigan, including last year's August trip to the Irish Hills. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has 27 top-10 finishes in 45 races at Michigan, where he has won six poles. "I have always enjoyed this track," Gordon said. "It felt very natural here. We have had great success here. The three wins probably don't speak to the true stats. It's been a track that not only have we been fast at and won a few times at, but we have put some pretty nice, consistent finishes together, too." Consistency is something the No. 24 team hasn't enjoyed much of lately. In the past four races, Gordon has alternated between good and bad results, finishing ninth in New Hampshire, 42nd in Indianapolis, third at Pocono and 41st at Watkins Glen. "We had some good fortune at Pocono, and kind of recovered ourselves from the Indy incident," Gordon said. "And then we followed that up with the Watkins Glen debacle. So, I'm hoping that this weekend we can have another recovery like we had at Pocono." In order to do so, Gordon , along with Biffle and the other drivers, will need to make the right adjustments to the high-drag package being used at Michigan. It's the second time the series has used this setup, following its debut last month at Indianapolis. NASCAR announced Friday that the high-drag package wouldn't be used for the Chase, but who adjusts best to it this Sunday could go a long way toward determining who actually participates in the postseason. "In the race you can't be wide open," Gordon said. "I wish. I really wish we were because I think in order for this package to get the most out of it you need to easily be wide open, so you can really utilize the draft. ... We are going to be fanned out and finding clean air and then trying to get that tow down the straightaway. It's going to be a totally different Michigan I feel like than what we have ever had before."
Relive Jeff Gordon ’s 55th career victory that came in 2001 at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon would hold off a hard-charging Ricky Rudd to earn Hendrick Motorsports its 100th win in NASCAR’s top series.