MIAMI (Nov. 8, 2000) -- Part of Jeff Gordon's double duty effort this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be his farewell run in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series with his No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet in Saturday's Miami 300. Gordon, who...
MIAMI (Nov. 8, 2000) -- Part of Jeff Gordon's double duty effort this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be his farewell run in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series with his No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet in Saturday's Miami 300.
Gordon, who will also drive the No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet in Sunday's Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts, will leave the Busch GN circuit with four wins in 72 career starts.
Fans can say good-bye to Gordon in the Busch Series then watch him try to win the Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts on Sunday. Fans can still purchase great seats for both Saturday's Miami 300 and Sunday's Pennzoil 400 by calling (305) 230-RACE, by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, or by ordering online at the official Web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or www.ticketmaster.com
The 29-year-old Gordon was the Busch Series Rookie of the Year in 1991 and recorded a series-record 11 poles in 1992.
The Pittsboro, Ind., native used the Busch GN Series career as a stepping stone to his premier NASCAR Winston Cup Series ride with Hendrick Motorsports in the early 90's. For the past two seasons, Gordon has run a limited GN schedule.
"It's been fun and I've enjoyed it, but our plans have changed a little bit going forward so that's why we're not able to do it anymore," Gordon said.
Gordon's Busch Series finale is not receiving the fanfare of Mark Martin's departure from The Busch Series. Martin will leave the Busch Series as the all-time winningest driver with 45 victories.
"It's a little bit different," Gordon said. "Mark has been running the Busch Series for many, many years. For me, the Busch Series is what got me into Winston Cup. I've basically gone back to it for 11 races -- six last year and five this year.
"I can't say it's a big emotional thing like Mark. Mark has won a whole bunch of races and it's been something that's been a big part of his racing career.''
Another farewell moment expected to happen this weekend is Darrell Waltrip's final Winston Cup Series start in the state of Florida.
Waltrip, who has 84 Winston Cup victories in over 800 starts, will hang up his helmet a week after Miami in the season finale and move into the broadcasting booth with FOX Sports.
"The closer to the end of the year it gets, the more emotional it gets," Waltrip said.