NASCAR fans will witness a blast from the past this weekend as Jeff Gordon brings back his classic rainbow paint scheme for one last race.
The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion racing in his final full-time campaign will attempt to drive his colorful car to Victory Lane for the first time this season in Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
“I have a lot of great memories with this rainbow paint scheme,” Gordon said. “What I love is this paint scheme is for the fans. The fans wanted us to run this scheme again during my final season, and this Axalta Chevy SS definitely stands out. You’re not going to miss it.”
Gordon would qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs if the season ended today, holding the second-to-last points spot on the Chase Grid. He is a comfortable 55 points in front of the cutoff line, but a win would clinch him an automatic berth so he doesn’t have to sweat out the points in the final two races leading into the Chase.
Bristol has hosted Gordon in Victory Lane multiple times. The 44-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver ranks tied with Kyle and Kurt Busch for the most wins among active drivers at Bristol with five. He is also the active leader in top fives (17), top 10s (25), laps led (2,730) and average starting position (7.7) at the track dubbed “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”
Maybe Gordon’s rainbow paint scheme will bring him some winning luck on Saturday. When his No. 24 Chevrolet sported the rainbow look from 1992-2000, Gordon captured three NSCS championships, won 52 races and took the checkered flag at 17 different tracks.
Win or lose, Gordon is prepared to put on one final show for the Bristol fans.
“When you have high-banked, very fast short track in this stadium – in this 'colosseum' – surrounded by the most avid NASCAR fans, the energy in the stands and on the track is electrifying,” he said. “It just makes for a great event.”