WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 pm ET — 2015 to be Jeff Gordon’s last full-time season in Sprint Cup

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We have a very special edition of NASCAR America today, as we reflect on Jeff Gordon’s announcement that 2015 will be his final full-time season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

Today’s edition of NASCAR America will be televised LIVE from 5 to 5:30 pm ET. Leigh Diffey and Parker Kligerman will be in-studio, while Kyle Petty and Steve Letarte will be at our Charlotte studios.

Here’s what’s on tap for today’s show:

  • With today’s news that 2015 will be the last full-time season in NASCAR Sprint Cup for Jeff Gordon, today’s episode will focus on one of NASCAR’s greatest all-time drivers.
  • Jeff Gordon will join us, via satellite, to discuss his decision, his future with the sport and how he’ll approach the upcoming NASCAR season, his last as a full-time driver.
  • Our Marty Snider caught up with Jeff Gordon’s current boss, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, to discuss the announcement, its impact on the organization and the future of Hendrick Motorsports without Jeff Gordon.
  • Dave Burns travelled to the Hendrick Motorsports shop in Concord, N.C., to catch up with Ray Evernham — current Hendrick Motorsports consultant and Jeff Gordon’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief — on Gordon’s announcement and his favorite memories from working with Gordon.
  • We look back at the Top-5 wins of Jeff Gordon’s career.

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Jo Shimoda joins Seth Hammaker, Austin Forkner on injured list; Musquin remains out

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Bad news continues to come out of the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team as they announced Jo Shimoda injured his shoulder in a practice session and will not mount up when the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division opens in Houston, Texas on February 4. A timetable has not been given for Shimoda’s return, but a press release from the team references multiple weeks.

“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda in the release. “Our goal was to compete for the 250 Supercross Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of Supercross.”

Shimoda is joined on the sidelines by teammates Seth Hammaker and Austin Forkner, who also suffered injuries in recent weeks.

The news of Hammaker’s sidelining came just two days ago. His wrist injury is sufficient to require surgery, so he too will miss multiple weeks. Hammaker was scheduled to compete in the 250 East division alongside Shimoda.

Forkner was involved in a Lap 1 crash in the 250 West season opener at Anaheim. Multiple injuries, including an ACL tear, will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He described the injury and its aftermath on Instagram.

Forkner will be relieved by Carson Mumford, but not before that rider’s wrist has healed sufficiently. He is scheduled to debut with Kawasaki in Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 Supercross race on February 18.

Shimoda finished fourth in the 2022 Supercross 250 West division and was second in 2021 points in 250 East. In 2021, Shimoda won his first Supercross race at Salt Lake City. Last year, he scored one podium and six top-fives in nine starts.

Shimoda finished second in last year’s outdoor Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, where he added two more SuperMotocross wins including the Unadilla Nationals that kicked off a four-race streak of first- or second-place results.

Kawasaki is not the only team facing injury. Red Bull KTM initially reported Marvin Musquin would be out for the San Diego round with a wrist injury and “maybe more”. This week it was announced he will miss this week’s Triple Crown race in Anaheim and “at least the next several rounds.”