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 .
Driver voices role for Disney TV show Jeff Gordon has lent his voice to Disney, and the four-time premier series champion is a clown for doing so. No, seriously. Gordon's voice is used for a clown character that calls a race on Disney XD’s "Penn Zero: Part Time Hero." His work includes this gem of a line: " … outgoing lame duck mayor Mayor Lame Duck -- quack, quack, quack -- will fire the starting pistol." The episode airs at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, but watch the sneak peek above. Don't you see the resemblance?
RELATED: Practice 2 results Whirling his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 127.333 mph around Watkins Glen International, Jeff Gordon soared to the top of the leaderboard on his first lap during Friday's final Sprint Cup Series practice at the New York road course. The runner-up in all-time wins at the Glen with four trips to Victory Lane, Gordon will be one of several drivers looking to clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a win this weekend. Shortly after topping the final XFINITY practice, Kyle Larson returned to the race track to post the second-fastest speed (127.049 mph) in the field in his No. 42 Chip Ganassai Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet. Larson is one of a handful of Sprint Cup regulars who will attempt double-duty races at the road course this weekend. RELATED: Larson leads NXS practice at the Glen Roush Fenway Racing 's Greg Biffle (126.987 mph), Joe Gibbs Racing 's Kyle Busch (126.837 mph) and Team Penske 's Joey Logano (126.720 mph) rounded out the top five in the final session. Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick made several mock qualifying runs during the second session, propelling his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet at 126.348 mph to the ninth position on the leaderboard. With five wins at the New York track, Tony Stewart remains the all-time winner at Watkins Glen. During a mock qualifying run, "Smoke" propelled his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet around the road course at 126.263 mph to rank 10th on the practice leaderboard. After coming up second on the leaderboard in the opening session with a high speed of 127.067 mph, AJ Allmendinger -- the reigning race winner at the Glen -- posted the 27th-fastest speed in the field in his JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet with a fast lap of 124.823 mph. After topping opening practice, Clint Bowyer slowed in his No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, recording a high speed of 124.401 mph for the 31st spot. The Sprint Cup Series is back on track at the Glen on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (NBCSN/Live Extra). Bowyer leads opening practice RELATED: Practice 1 results A pair of former road-course winners looking to clinch a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , Clint Bowyer and AJ Allmendinger paced opening Sprint Cup Series practice at Watkins Glen International on Friday afternoon. Bowyer, winner of the 2012 Sonoma race, topped the session with a best speed of 127.067 mph, followed by last year's Watkins Glen winner in Allmendinger at 126.901 mph. Jimmie Johnson -- who has never won at the Glen in 13 career starts -- was third on the charts at 126.139 mph. Sam Hornish Jr . (126.095 mph) and Casey Mears (125.969 mph) rounded out the top five. Brad Keselowski , who once ran off three straight runner-up finishes at the Glen, was eighth-fastest at 125.419 mph. Another Sprint Cup practice is set to run later on Friday afternoon at 4:40 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN/Live Extra. http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/standings/results/2015/cheezit-355.raceResults.practice2.html
Jeff Gordon offers up a few thoughts on the return of one of his most iconic paint schemes at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Relive the moment where Jeff Gordon uses a bump and run to pass Rusty Wallace in the final laps of the 2002 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
RELATED: Chase Grid " Chase bubble watch " Chase Fest details A year ago, it was Kasey Kahne . Only two races remained before the start of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , and the Hendrick Motorsports driver was 13th in points. Unfortunately, he was outside the top 16 in the Chase standings. Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , AJ Allmendinger , Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola trailed Kahne in points. But they were among those that had wins. They had invitations to the dance. At the time, Kahne had managed only two top-five finishes. His average finishing position was 16.8. He hadn't been to the victory lane since midway through the previous season. So he and his team went out and won at Atlanta Motor Speedway . It earned Kahne one of the final Chase spots and the No. 5 team a second chance. It wasn't quite as easy as it sounds. Kevin Harvick , as was often the case, was dominant at AMS. Kahne fell a lap down early. The team battled back. He didn't take the lead for the first time until Lap 303 of the scheduled 325-lap race. Suddenly, he seemed to be on his way to the win. Then cautions appeared, forcing two late restarts. Green, white, checkered late. Kahne's lead was lost on pit road. Yet somehow he muscled his way past Matt Kenseth coming to the white flag, holding on for the win and a spot in the Chase. It's a similar position for the 35-year-old this year. Two races remain -- stops at Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway -- before the field is finalized for this year's 10-race run to determine the Sprint Cup champion. Kahne is once again winless. He is not alone. Teammate Jeff Gordon has finished inside the top five only three times this year. The four-time champion is ahead of Clint Bowyer in the playoff picture, with a wider margin back to folks such as Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle . A year ago Gordon had three wins and a vise-like grip on first place in the points. Bowyer's got a pair of top-fives, but much of the attention around the No. 15 team of Michael Waltrip Racing centers on where Bowyer will call home next season. Paul Menard has a razor-thin lead on Gordon in points, but taking nothing for granted. Can anyone? Matt Kenseth 's blown engine at Bristol last week, leaving the Joe Gibbs driver 42nd in the final rundown, didn't go unnoticed. Things not only can happen, they often do. With 10 drivers already secure -- 11 if you go ahead and give Kyle Busch one of the spots although he's close enough to the fault line that a misstep could make things interesting -- and two races remaining, at least three of this year's Chase spots will be filled based on the points standings after Richmond. It could be five, if no new winner emerges in the next two weeks. Few on the fringes, though, have shown signs of contending for wins. Almirola? One top five and only three laps led this season. Biffle? It's shaping up to be the wrong type of career year for the Roush Fenway Racing driver, with just two top-fives and an average finish of 20th. Austin Dillon ? Kyle Larson ? Both have shown potential. Both are winless. Kahne? Well, who knows? The question isn't can it be done. Kahne's already proven that it's possible. The question is who among those can pull it off?
The Joe Gibbs Racing teams of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth , which combined to win six of the last nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, will each lose 15 minutes of practice time next weekend when the series heads to Darlington Raceway . The two were among 11 teams issued warnings arising from pre-qualifying and pre-race inspection issues at Bristol Motor Speedway , site of the Aug. 22 Irwin Tools Night Race . Busch's No. 18 team failed pre-race inspection four times on Saturday. Busch finished eighth in the race. Kenseth's No. 20 team was penalized for failing pre-race inspection on its first two attempts, as well as failing to get to inspection at the allotted time. Kenseth finished 42nd after when an engine issue sidelined the 2003 Sprint Cup champion after 110 laps of the 500-lap race. NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is not competing this weekend. The Bojangles' Southern 500 is scheduled for Sept. 6 at Darlington (7 p.m., NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The 15-minute penalties will be enforced when opening practice gets underway on Friday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. Kenseth is currently fourth in the Chase Grid and has a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff locked up. Busch, who missed the first 11 races of the season due to injuries sustained in a crash at Daytona International Speedway in February, is currently second in the Chase Grid, but needs to clinch a top 30 position in the point standings over the final two regular-season races before he officially locks his spot in the Chase up. Warnings may be issued to teams for a variety of minor infractions. For every fourth warning issued to a team, whether during a championship (points) or non-championship (non-points) event, the loss of pit stall selection will be enforced. Others teams receiving warnings at Bristol for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice were: No. 22 ( Joey Logano / Team Penske ), No. 24 ( Jeff Gordon / Hendrick Motorsports ), No. 7 ( Alex Bowman / Tommy Baldwin Racing ), No. 30 ( Travis Kvapil /TMG) and the No. 98 ( Timmy Hill /Premium Motorsports) Also penalized for being late to inspection were the following teams: No. 40 ( Landon Cassill /Hillman Racing), No. 83 ( Matt DiBenedetto / BK Racing , No. 15 ( Clint Bowyer / Michael Waltrip Racing ) and the No. 11 ( Denny Hamlin / Joe Gibbs Racing ).
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."