|Jeff Gordon is 20/1 to win at Richmond Saturday.|
Jeff Gordon on filling in for the No. 88 team“I was just happy to do what is best for the team. We sat down and looked at the tracks and decided what would be best for everyone. These (Darlington, Richmond, Dover, Martinsville) are all tracks I feel very confident at.
“This (No. 88) team loves Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. and wants him back. They are in a really tough situation here, where not only are they missing Junior, but they have two different drivers filling in. But, they’ve handled it amazingly. Their demeanor and attitude about it has been phenomenal. It has really been a great experience for me. I’ve spent so much time with the No. 24 team that going into the shop with the 48/88 guys and spending time with (No. 88 team crew chief) Greg (Ives) and their team has been great for my overall Hendrick knowledge and has allowed me to bond with those guys, as well as the bond I have with my (No. 24) guys, and see how the teams work separately and together.”
BACK FOR MORE: With Dale Earnhardt Jr. out for the remainder of the 2016 season, Jeff Gordon will again fill in for him this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. It will be the sixth race that the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has driven for Earnhardt and the No. 88 team. Gordon’s best finish (11th) in the No. 88 came at the Bristol short track, so Richmond, also a short track, may provide a good opportunity for the team to earn a top-10 finish. He will also fill in for Earnhardt at Dover International Speedway (Oct. 2) and Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 30). He is the defending race winner at Martinsville, which propelled him to a spot in the “Championship 4” of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2015.
RICHMOND STATS: Gordon has two victories at the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval and an average finish of 13.3. He also has an impressive qualifying history at Richmond, earning six poles -- the most of any active driver -- in addition to holding the track qualifying record at 130.599 mph, which he set on Sept. 7, 2013. His average starting position is 8.3 in 46 starts, the best of any active driver at the Richmond, Virginia, facility. He also leads all active drivers at Richmond in top-five finishes (18), top-10s (30), lead-lap finishes (33) and laps led (1,637).
AXALTA PARTNER: Axalta is able to leverage its sponsorship of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS at Hendrick Motorsports to add value for its partners. This weekend in Richmond, Axalta will have one of its distributors, National Coatings & Supplies (NCS) on the TV panel and rear roof strip of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet. For more news and updates on the Axalta Racing program, visit their website:http://www.axaltaracing.com/.
CLOSE TO HOME: Adam Jordan, interior mechanic for the No. 88 team, grew up in Timberville, Virginia, about two-and-a-half hours northwest of the Richmond racetrack. His job as a painter in a body shop led him to meet someone who helped lead him to a career in racing. A few years later, Jordan moved to North Carolina and made his way to Hendrick Motorsports after working for another Cup team for a couple of years. In 2014, Earnhardt and the No. 88 team won the Daytona 500, which Jordan names as his most memorable moment in NASCAR.