The start of the 2015 season was so, so promising for driver Jeff Gordon—and how quickly it turned.
In what was likely to be the final time he would qualify for NASCAR's biggest race, Gordon won the pole for the seasonopening Daytona 500.
From that pinnacle, however, the season headed south for Gordon and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team about as fast as Gordon’s Chevrolet could carry him.
After leading a race-high 87 laps at Daytona, Gordon was collected in a backstretch crash on the final circuit of a green-whitecheckered- flag finish and came home 33rd. So much for the auspicious beginning to what will be his final full-time season in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.
A week later, when the series moved to Atlanta, Gordon’s car didn’t make it through the inspection line in time for the fourtime series champion to make a qualifying run. Gordon started 35th and, gobbled up in a Lap 257 wreck, finished 41st.