Jeff Gordon may have announced that 2015 will be his final full Sprint Cup season. But the four-time Cup champ also has said that he may possibly choose to compete in other series.
“I want to leave myself open, as well, to be able to get in a car,” Gordon said in a NASCAR teleconference on Thursday. “It doesn’t have to be a Cup car. It could be an [XFINITY] car. It could be a truck. It could be a prototype for Le Mans or the Rolex. It might not be any of those things – heck, I was just out in the desert driving buggies and I maybe want to do the Baja 1000.”
With that in mind, three-time Cup champ and Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart has tweeted an offer for Gordon to compete in the 2016 running of the Mudsummer Classic – which takes place at Eldora and has arguably become the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ signature event.
The ‘Norm’ that Stewart speaks of is veteran driver Norm Benning, who thrilled NASCAR fans in 2013 with his run into the Mudsummer Classic’s main event from the last chance qualifier.
Stewart ultimately bought Benning’s Eldora LCQ truck, which is seen getting a re-numbering to Gordon’s famous No. 24 in the photo above.
Still, we figure Gordon would have a new truck if he were to accept such an offer – which isn’t as crazy as it seems if you know of Gordon’s early career on dirt in sprint cars.
Gordon won back-to-back USAC titles in 1990 (Midget) and 1991 (Silver Crown); during that 1991 season, he also won at Eldora’s prestigious 4-Crown Nationals event in a midget. More recently, Gordon has competed at Eldora as part of its former all-star charity race, the Prelude to the Dream.
It also bears noting that Gordon has never competed in a Truck Series event. To check off that box in such a popular race – and with no pressure at all since his Cup days will be over – may be something that appeals to him.