Jeff Gordon hints he may come out of retirement … at least for one race

Brendan Marks, The Charlotte Observer on

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In his 25-year NASCAR career, Jeff Gordon accomplished just about everything there is to do in stock car racing.

He won 93 races and four championships. Then he parlayed that on-track success into a broadcasting job with FOX, where he has worked as an analyst since his 2015 retirement (although he did run eight races in 2016 as a fill-in driver when Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed time).

But during a recent question-and-answer session with fans, Gordon hinted that he may still have more racing in him.

"I always thought about maybe looking at an opportunity to drive a truck at Martinsville or a track like that," Gordon said. "I like the short tracks. But to do it on part-time basis at a like mile-and-a-half or a superspeedway -- no, I'm happy to be up in the booth and out of the car right now.

Gordon's teaser comes just a month after Earnhardt, who retired from NASCAR in November, announced his plans to race in the Xfinity Series at Richmond Raceway.

Gordon has never raced in the Camping World Truck Series, but his career Cup record at Martinsville suggests he might find luck in one of NASCAR's lower levels, too.

In 47 starts at Martinsville, Gordon posted nine wins, 29 finishes in the top five, and an average finish of 6.7.

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Understandably, when Martinsville Speedway heard the news, they were excited on social media.

Gordon only ever drove for Hendrick Motorsports at the Cup level, so it remains to be seen which team he could drive with in a CWTS race.

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