It’s the end of an era in the world of racing as Jeff Gordon announces plans to retire from full-time NASCAR competition next season. While Jeff Gordon can never be replaced, a new age will commence for the iconic no. 24 Chevrolet with the up-and-coming Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR legend and Hall of Fame racer, Bill Elliot.
Earning the reputation as a fierce competitor, upstanding gentlemen, and Pepsi prankster, Gordon first began his NASCAR career in 1992, and shortly thereafter won his first of three Daytona 500s at the age of 25 – becoming the youngest to finish first in the race.
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A winner in his own right, Elliott is the youngest champion of any NASCAR series after winning the 2014 Nationwide Championship. “Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver,” team owner Rick Hendrick said. “Not only is he a special talent inside the car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely see.”
We here at Nehls Chevrolet will watch with great nostalgia as Gordon takes the No. 24 for his last laps around the track – but with great relish look forward to the new age of Chevy racing!