Final Lap

February 02, 2015

In 1993 most figured that Jeff Gordon, the brash, inexperienced California pretty boy with the Rainbow Warrior handle, would be run out of NASCAR, the Southern-fried sport then ruled by the King (Richard Petty) and the Intimidator (Dale Earnhardt Sr.). But it took 92 victories, four series titles and a 2014 season in which he finished a dominating sixth in the Chase before Gordon, 43, slowed down. Last Thursday he announced that this season, his 23rd, would be his last racing a full-time Sprint Cup schedule. Gordon will still compete on occasion (Off-road? Endurance?) and become more involved with Hendrick Motorsports, the team for which he has raced his entire career and in which he holds a stake. A career in broadcasting seems likely too. Wherever he goes, his legacy as the driver who single-handedly towed NASCAR into the modern age will follow.

PHOTOSTEVE HELBER/AP (GORDON)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)