CHARLOTTE, N.C. - For those who might think that Jeff Gordon’s splendid 2014 run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series might have tempted him to reconsider his decision to retire from full-time competition, think again.
In fact, Gordon’s top-notch performance on the track only reinforced his decision to bow out of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
“A couple of years ago, when I wasn’t as competitive as I wanted to be, I wanted to end it right then,” Gordon said recently at the Charlotte Convention Center during the Hendrick Motorsports stop on the Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Media Tour. “I was like, ‘God, this is no fun.’
“I got into racing because I loved it, and I was competitive and enjoying it. Because of that, I just found myself being frustrated a lot (when he wasn’t winning). But this is what I think is so interesting: a lot of people say, ‘Well, I can’t believe he did it, because of the year that he had last year.’