|Jeff Gordon climbs in to the car during practice for the Brickyard 400 on Friday.|
Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will take the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet in today’s Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard as a substitute for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Hendrick Motorsports couldn’t have a better fill-in. Gordon’s resume includes five victories at Indianapolis and also boasts of twelve top-fives, seventeen top-tens and three poles at the iconic track.
A surefire future NASCAR Hall of Famer, Gordon ranks third on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins list with 93 victories. His career consists of 325 top-fives, 475 top-tens and 81 Coors Light Pole Awards!
|Gordon speeds down the main straightaway during practice for the Brickyard 400|
After a two hundred and forty-day break from driving a race car, Gordon will start the race from twenty-first on the grid.
"We have started in the back and won this thing before," Gordon emphasized. "Right now, I feel real good about where we are at as a team, and the balance of the car in race trim to be able to move up through the field.”
Jeff will also take over his pal’s ride for Pocono Raceway also while Earnhardt Jr recovers from the effects of a concussion. Future races beyond Pocono are dependent on Earnhardt Jr's medical condition.
Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
For those asking, the Jeff Gordon pit stall does have the name of Dale Jr. #nascar pic.twitter.com/pF7olsA0mU— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 24, 2016