Dale Earnhardt Jr . has picked up a new primary sponsorship for 2016, although the brand is hardly new to Hendrick Motorsports . Axalta, a longtime sponsor of Jeff Gordon 's No. 24 Chevrolet, will switch its primary support to the No. 88 of Earnhardt Jr. next season with Gordon retiring. The coatings company also expanded its number of races as primary sponsor from 10 to 13, and the deal between the two has been extended to 2018. "Axalta and Hendrick Motorsports have an incredible story," Earnhardt Jr. said in a Hendrick release. "For me, it's meaningful to work with a sponsor that's been so committed to our sport and has such a rich history in NASCAR. Continuing the partnership is special for all of us, and I'm already excited about what the car will look like. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity." The partnership between Axalta and Hendrick is in its 23rd full season. "We began a journey 23 years ago with Hendrick Motorsports and a young driver named Jeff Gordon . Eighty poles, 92 wins and four championships later, we are proud of the run we've had with Jeff," said Nigel Budden, Axalta vice president and head of its North America business via a Hendrick release. "Now, we are delighted to continue our relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and to adorn the hood of Dale Earnhardt Jr .’s No. 88 Chevy SS with the Axalta logo in 2016. As our slogan says, 'We Paint Winners,' and by joining Dale we will continue to do so for years to come." Chase Elliott , the 19-year-old defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champ, will take over Gordon's car next year.
After Race 29 of the 2015 season at Dover International Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Joe Gibbs 20 2,137 0 0 1 0 29 2 Walter Czarnecki 22 2,123 -14 -14 4 2 29 3 J D Gibbs 11 2,119 -18 -4 2 -1 29 4 J D Gibbs 19 2,118 -19 -1 3 -1 29 5 Barney Visser 78 2,104 -33 -14 9 4 29 6 Gene Haas 41 2,100 -37 -4 7 1 29 7 Rick Hendrick 24 2,100 -37 0 10 3 29 8 Roger Penske 2 2,100 -37 0 8 0 29 9 Joe Gibbs 18 2,099 -38 -1 13 4 29 10 Richard Childress 31 2,099 -38 0 6 -4 29 11 Rick Hendrick 88 2,098 -39 -1 12 1 29 12 Felix Sabates 1 2,098 -39 0 11 -1 29 13 Jeff Gordon 48 2,086 -51 -12 5 -8 29 14 Tony Stewart 4 2,082 -55 -4 15 1 29 15 Richard Childress 27 2,075 -62 -7 14 -1 29 16 Rob Kauffman 15 2,048 -89 -27 16 0 29 17 Linda Hendrick 5 770 -1,367 -1,278 17 0 29 18 Richard Petty 43 767 -1,370 -3 18 0 29 19 Chip Ganassi 42 746 -1,391 -21 19 0 29 20 Jack Roush 16 706 -1,431 -40 20 0 29 21 Richard Childress 3 647 -1,490 -59 21 0 29 22 Bob Germain 13 624 -1,513 -23 22 0 29 23 Tad Geschickter 47 600 -1,537 -24 23 0 29 24 Tony Stewart 10 597 -1,540 -3 24 0 29 25 Margaret Haas 14 581 -1,556 -16 25 0 29 26 Richard Petty 9 570 -1,567 -11 26 0 29 27 John Henry 17 561 -1,576 -9 27 0 29 28 Michael Waltrip 55 542 -1,595 -19 28 0 29 29 John Henry 6 530 -1,607 -12 29 0 29 30 Harry Scott Jr. 51 482 -1,655 -48 30 0 29 31 Bob Jenkins 35 446 -1,691 -36 31 0 29 32 Brad Jenkins 38 433 -1,704 -13 32 0 29 33 Michael Hillman 40 389 -1,748 -44 33 0 29 34 Jerry Freeze 34 387 -1,750 -2 34 0 29 35 Tommy Baldwin 7 352 -1,785 -35 35 0 29 36 Ron Devine 83 344 -1,793 -8 37 1 29 37 Joe Falk 33 341 -1,796 -3 36 -1 29 38 Harry Scott Jr. 46 294 -1,843 -47 38 0 29 39 Ron Devine 23 258 -1,879 -36 39 0 29 40 Mike Curb 98 239 -1,898 -19 40 0 29 41 Archie St Hilaire 32 232 -1,905 -7 41 0 29 42 Glen Wood 21 203 -1,934 -29 42 0 14 43 Anthony Marlowe 26 181 -1,956 -22 43 0 29 44 Bob Leavine 95 163 -1,974 -18 44 0 16 45 Jay Robinson 62 99 -2,038 -64 45 0 29 46 Rick Hendrick 25 89 -2,048 -10 46 0 5 47 John Cohen 44 12 -2,125 -77 47 0 4 48 Jay Robinson 66 8 -2,129 -4 48 0 4 49 Curtis Key Sr. 30 6 -2,131 -2 49 0 13 50 Robby Benton 129 0 -2,137 -6 51 1 4
Buy Tickets - SYLVANIA 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 's September event weekend will mark the facility's 25th Anniversary. Relive some of the top moments over the past 25 years. From Rusty Wallace capturing the inagural NASCAR Sprint Cup race win to Cole Custer becoming the youngest driver to visit Victory Lane in a National Series event - check out the top 25 moments below. 1. August 13, 1989: Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway (formerly Bryar Motorsports Park). 2. June 5, 1990: Track owner Bob Bahre and N.H. Governor Judd Gregg cut the ribbon to officially open “New Hampshire International Speedway.” 3. July 15, 1990: In NASCAR's debut at NHMS, Tommy Ellis wins the Grand National Series ( XFINITY ) race. 4. August 23, 1992: Joe Nemechek and Dale Earnhardt (Sr.) bump each other on the way to the finish line with Nemechek taking home the win. 5. July 11, 1993: Rusty Wallace wins the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at NHMS. 6. July 9, 1995: Jeff Gordon earns his first win at NHMS en route to his first Cup Series championship. 7. July 14, 1996: Ernie Irvan captures the win in one of the more emotional victories in NASCAR history. The win came less than two years after Irvan suffered a near-fatal crash at Michigan, where he was given less than a 10 percent chance of survival. 8. June 28, 1998: In his final season as an IndyCar driver, Tony Stewart wins the IRL New England 200, his final career win in the series. 9. Sept. 17, 2000: Jeff Burton leads all 300 laps of the Dura Lube 300 to earn his record-setting fourth Cup Series win at NHMS. The race is infamously remembered for its use of restrictor plates. 10. Nov. 23, 2001: The New Hampshire 300 runs as the last race of the season on Friday after Thanksgiving. Robby Gordon wins the race and Jeff Gordon holds the Sprint Cup Series trophy for the fourth time. 11. Sept. 19, 2004: The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship debuts with its opening race, the SYLVANIA 300. Kurt Busch wins the race and goes on to become crowned Champion. 12. Sept. 18, 2005: Robby Gordon chucks his helmet at Michael Waltrip after a wreck on the backstretch. 13. June 28, 2008: Chuck Hossfeld edges Ted Christopher by 0.001 seconds in the Whelen Modified Tour’s New England 100, the closest margin of victory in speedway history. 14. June 28, 2009: Joey Logano becomes the youngest winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at 19 years, 35 days. 15. Sept. 20, 2009: Fifty-year-old Mark Martin takes the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with the 40th and final win of his illustrious career. It was his first and only win at NHMS. 16. June 26, 2010: Kyle Busch ends a streak of 23 straight different winners at NHMS in the XFINITY Series by becoming the first two-time series winner in the track's history. He also won the '09 race and followed up with wins in '11 and '13. 17. July 16, 2011: Kyle Busch earns his 100th NASCAR National Series win and ties Mark Martin ’s record for most XFINITY Series wins with 49. 18. Sept. 25, 2011: Tony Stewart assumes his only lead in the SYLVANIA 300 with two to go when Clint Bowyer runs out of gas. The win was Stewart’s second in as many Chase races and propelled him to the championship. 19. July 14, 2012: NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik beats Ron Silk in the Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 by 0.003 seconds. 20. Sept. 23, 2012: Denny Hamlin follows through on his guarantee to win, and celebrates with military personnel in victory lane. 21. July 11, 2013: Toomas Topi Heikkinen wins the SYVLANIA SilverStar zXe Global RallyCross race when leader Tanner Foust crashes on the final hairpin turn. 22. July 14, 2013: Part-time driver Brian Vickers wins the Camping World RV Sales 301, his first win since battling back from blood clots in his legs and lungs that threatened his life. 23. July 11, 2014: Ryan Newman wins the inaugural Modified All-Star Shootout event, a combination race between the best of the Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour. 24. July 13, 2014: Brad Keselowski ties a NASCAR record by becoming the 13th different non-repeat winner at the same track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 25. Sept. 20, 2014: At 16 years, seven months and 28 days, Cole Custer wins the NASCAR Camping World Truck s Series UNOH 175 to become the youngest winner of a NASCAR National Series race.
Debating the Johnson-Harvick incident, who will win the Chase RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated " Harvick shoves Johnson post-race After a rollicking start to the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway , we move on to the tighter confines of New Hampshire with the possibility of more confrontation. With visions of Robby Gordon and Michael Waltrip coming to mind -- helmet toss, anyone? -- intensity always seems to amp up when the races left start to dwindle. Was Kevin Harvick right, was Jimmie Johnson wrong? Can’t we all just get along? We roll along now into this week’s installment of Herman Unplugged: NASCAR ILLUSTRATED: You were dead-on a few weeks back here in predicting Kevin Harvick 's mental and physical tactics coming into play once the Chase started. Was his punch warranted after the incident with Jimmie Johnson though? HERMAN: "No, and it made me sick to my stomach. I know that these two are somewhat friends, they both have children and both are champions. I know for a fact and in my heart that Jimmie didn't say, 'Hey, I’m gonna flatten your tire.' I thought Jimmie was trying to make it right. He felt his relationship with Kevin was strong enough and he was going to address the issue. Props to the NBC camera people because we wouldn't have seen all this otherwise. What made me sick was you could tell how shocked Jimmie Johnson was and the way that Kevin reacted. I hated it for both of them." NI: Do you think it was done for the purpose of intimidation or gamesmanship? HERMAN: "No, because everybody in the garage area knows that Jimmie is involved in sports therapy and he's got a Green Beret type mentality. You're never gonna get Jimmie; that's why you just can’t get to him. I guarantee you that Jimmie has already psychologically figured out how to get over it, whether from the sports therapist or in some of the lessons that he learned. I think that was a natural reaction from Kevin Harvick . It could be a meeting of the psychological minds because Kevin's into therapy, too. In professional modern day sports, it’s in your best interest to pay a handful of thousands of dollars a year to talk to a sports therapist. They teach you how to focus, be positive and ignore social networking. All of us are a little fragile or we're a little too strong." NI: The after effect of these incidents especially in the Chase is this provides a wonderful promotional tool and NASCAR will want to make the most of it. It's like wrecks, too. Are you OK with that promotional aspect of things? HERMAN: "Yes I am and let me tell you why. We are in a new era in life. You cannot believe the ratings for this UFC fighting. People love cage fighting. It's a little crazy to think but people like death and destruction whether they admit it or not. I was just at Berlin Raceway in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the promoter Don DeWitt told me that one of his biggest moneymakers was cage fighting on the front straightaway. We have to do something to reinvent ourselves. The foundation of NASCAR is something of an old template. A car going around in circles is very boring for the human right now. So they're going to tune in to see a fight or a wreck. They are not gonna tune in, and it's sad to say, people don't tune in anymore to watch cars go in circles. They tune in to watch cars battle, bump, fight and wreck." NI: One race into the Chase and you can have Joe Gibbs Racing or the field as this year's champion. Who are you going with and why? HERMAN: "I'm gonna go with Joe Gibbs Racing because it seems to me that whatever they have it's not shaken, it's not going away. If I'm in a fight and I have a gun, I want as many bullets as I can get. And they got four -- and all four of them are capable. Some people are taking all four Gibbs cars -- Johnny Roberts, my comrade at FOX Sports, he's not an idiot, he took all four to be in the final round at Homestead." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
CALAMA, Chile -- Robby Gordon will be leaving Chile and the Dakar Rally much earlier than expected. Trying to recover from mechanical issues after Stage 2, Gordon's Hummer was hit with more problems during Wednesday's Stage 4 and he was disqualified, according to speedenergy.com. Speed Energy was Gordon's sponsor for the Dakar Rally. Gordon began the day 17th but had right-front wheel bearing issues before the start of the timed special, costing him about five hours. He completed the stage, but because he was late to the special, he was disqualified from the rally. Gordon was one of six cars to withdraw Wednesday. "Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe the way I'm feeling right now, not only for me but for everyone involved," Gordon said. "Knowing all the hard work and dedication that was put into this program is what makes our untimely exit from the Dakar Rally a hard pill to swallow. "While it may not appear like it due to our performance thus far, countless hours went into this effort. To have a wheel bearing fail is just sickening ... a huge, huge disappointment. We run this same wheel bearing on the trophy truck and have put thousands of kilometers on HUMMERs, and we have never had this part fail." STAGE 3 SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY, Argentina -- Attempting to overcome a poor finish in Stage 2 due to mechanical issues, the No. 303 HUMMER was back on unfamiliar terrain. In the 2010 edition of the Dakar Rally, Stage 3 took the competitors from La Rioja to Fiambala, however, this year the route has moved further east as they make their way to Chile. Beginning the day in San Miguel de Tucuman, this special stage was been split into two parts, totaling 165 miles. Starting the day in 21st position overall, Robby Gordon and navigator, Kellon Walch finished the stage in 15th, putting the team 17th overall, 1 hour 32 minutes behind leader Carlos Sainz. Even as Gordon improved his position in the rally, he was not pleased with the performance of the HUMMER. "We keep putting ourselves behind the eight ball. We passed a bunch of cars early in the special, but then realized we had lost a transmission pump", Gordon said. "[Tuesday's] special would have been good for the HUMMER had we not had a mechanical issue. The route had some very technical, rough stuff in the beginning, and it would have been good for us." STAGE 2 SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMAN, Argentina -- Robby Gordon struggled in the second stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing 46th after an accident and dropping to 21st overall in the standings. Carlos Sainz, the defending champion, won his second stage in as many days in his Volkswagen. His lead is 3:05 ahead of Stephane Peterhansel's BMW and 1:06:55 in front of Gordon in his Hummer. Gordon's accident occurred after a solid start and cost him an hour's worth of repairs. "We were actually pretty good through the first few check points," Gordon said. "One corner snuck up on me; I didn't see it and just drove off the road, hitting a large rock. This is very unfortunate for our team. Now that we are an hour behind heading into Chile versus only a few minutes, we definitely got our work cut out for us. I think we will be OK though; there is still plenty of racing left. "The Hummer sustained some damage on today's stage as when we smashed the front of the race vehicle into the rock, and the transmission doesn't have reverse because it broke when I tried to reverse out of my mistake. I would say that we were broke down for maybe an hour today...a very costly hour." Dakar is being held for the third consecutive year in Argentina and Chile. This year's route covers 5,903 miles, reaching the Atacama desert in northern Chile -- one of the driest places on earth -- before heading back for the Jan. 16 finish in Buenos Aires. The race heads north on Tuesday to San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina and crosses into Chile on Wednesday, heading for the Atacama desert. STAGE 1 CORDOBA, Argentina -- Robby Gordon and Team Hummer completed the first stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday in eighth place, covering the 138-mile course in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 36 seconds. Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch trail defending champion Carlos Sainz by 11:04. Sainz's Volkswagen was 1:31 ahead of second-place Stephane Peterhansel in a BMW and 2:16 in front of Volkswagen teammate Nasser Al Attiyah. American driver Mark Miller was fourth, 4:17 behind in another Volkswagen. Gordon started fourth but dropped to ninth by the first marker as heavy rain created a slippery disadvantage as participants suffered from skidding and sliding. "We knew that the Hummer team would not be as strong as we would like in the Argentina portion of this race, but we struggled a little bit more [Sunday] than I would have liked due to the weather conditions and technical rally-style section," said Gordon , who offered a reason for the discrepancy in time in correlation to the leaders. "Sainz and Peterhansel ... started the race before the weather began and were virtually unaffected by it. That's why you see the gap in time from the rest of the competitors. "We started out the special good, but we had a couple of challenges along the way. Kellon and I had to change helmets during the middle of the stage because his microphone quit working. I ran off the road at one point. We also ran out of windshield wiper fluid due to the mud. These mistakes probably cost us about 1 minute of total speed. I expected to give up 5 minutes in [Sunday's] stage, not 11 minutes, which disappoints me. "It is still early in the race, but we have some ground to make up [Monday]. Some of the guys are already starting to have issues this early. Hopefully, we will recover quickly from [Sunday's] issues before we enter Chile because it is our best opportunity to make up time. By this point, I want to be less than 10 minutes behind." Sunday's first stage from Victoria to Corboda in northern Argentina followed the ceremonial ride from Buenos Aires to Victoria a day earler. Officials said 407 contestants started the race Sunday, down from the 430 who were enrolled Saturday. Dakar is being held for the third consecutive year in Argentina and Chile. This year's route covers 5,903 miles, reaching the Atacama desert in northern Chile -- one of the driest places on earth -- before heading back for the Jan. 16 finish in Buenos Aires. Monday's second stage from Cordoba to San Miguel de Tucuman is a 201-mile race through the mountains. "[Monday's] stage is supposed to go through the mountains, which are not good for us for two reasons. First, the Hummers are not turbo-charged, then the course is a little narrow. They did say that we should encounter some bumps, which could be good for us," Gordon said. Gordon's second team, with Chilean driver Eliseo Salazar and navigator Steve La Roza, is in 28th place after the opening stage, 34:25 off the pace. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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.
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.
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.