DARLINGTON, S.C. (WMBF NEWS) – Jeff Gordon is ready to go one more time at the Lady in Black on Sunday, even if this ride comes unexpectedly. Once Dale Earnhardt Junior was ruled out for the Southern 500 (concussion), Jeff Gordon got the call to fill in for the fifth time in the first year of his retirement. However, he's no stranger to success at the Track Too Tough to Tame.
He has won there seven times, with six of those coming in the Southern 500. His last victory came in 2007, but he is looking for a chance to go out on top once again.
"I drove this package last year there, so it was the first time all year that I have some valuable knowledge from last year of what the feel of the car should be like or close to," Gordon said Wednesday in a phone interview. "I'm hoping that can help me get up to speed and do what I need to do for the team to get a great result this weekend."
Gordon has gotten progressively better while driving in place of Dale Jr. this season. He has finished in 14th and 11th in races in August. He admits to enjoying it, but is clear that he has no intention of making a full time comeback to the sport.
"You know, I've gotten more and more comfortable each and every weekend, but it (also) only solidifies my choices and decision that I'm retired and am ready to be out of the car, but more involved in the sport," Gordon said. "And that part I'm enjoying, and (I) look forward to getting back to that as soon as possible when (Dale Earnhardt) Junior gets back."
The Bojangles' Southern 500 will be run at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 4th. The race is scheduled to start at 6:00, on WMBF News.