Jeff Gor­don: His dream, drive and des­tiny

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say - Jack Benyon

RRP £30 ISBN: 1603803963 OK, NASCAR isn’t a sta­ple of MN. But when some­one as syn­ony­mous with their sport as Jeff Gor­don re­tires, it’s time to take no­tice.

After re­tir­ing at the end of 2015 to motorsport-wide praise – and tears from his fans – the Cal­i­for­nia na­tive spent much of 2016 work­ing on his book. He also re­turned to fill in for the con­cus­sion-hit Dale Earn­hardt Jr in the top series.

Gor­don launched onto the NASCAR scene at the per­fect time. The series was cry­ing out for a face that re­flected its new place in so­ci­ety; it was no longer seen as banger rac­ing for the south. With to­bacco money and in­creas­ing com­mer­cial in­ter­est, NASCAR needed a fresh face and it got that in the mus­ta­chioed Jeff Gor­don. After four cham­pi­onships, 805 races and 93 vic­to­ries, and sans mus­tache, he’s writ­ten a book.

“I pur­posely waited un­til I re­tired from driv­ing so the book would en­com­pass my en­tire ca­reer,” says Gor­don.

“It’s a lot of things that haven’t been told, things from my par­ents that I didn’t even know my­self, the early days and how ev­ery­thing started. But there’s also things that haven’t been dis­cussed as much be­fore and also my fi­nal year and how that went, we re­ally get that into the book. I’m re­ally proud of it.”

It bares all, from his rac­ing ca­reer to a per­sonal life of­ten un­fairly played out in the US tabloids.

Sit back and take a roller­coaster ride through one of the most fa­mous sports­men in Amer­ica’s sto­ried and suc­cess­ful rac­ing driv­ers.

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