'MYSTERY GUEST' JEFF GORDON VISITS WITH FANS AT CHASE ACROSS AMERICA EVENT

Following up on his exciting second-place finish at Richmond, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon made an appearance in Phoenix to promote the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, November 11 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gordon spent lunchtime visiting with local media and fans at the Biltmore area Half Moon Sports Grill, answering questions about his preparations for the Chase, how much he enjoys Phoenix and fulfilling his promise to “bring back the stache.” 

Gordon, who won the last race at PIR before the track was repaved in 2011, said his team’s performance in Richmond was one to remember and discussed his team’s prospects of winning the Chase. “I’ve never seen the team on this kind of a high, fired up with intensity,” he said. “Anything is possible and hopefully we’ve got whatever has been on our back — off.” 

Prior to making the Chase, Gordon made the promise to grow a mustache, as he had earlier in his career, if he did make it as one of 12 contenders in NASCAR’s playoffs. He also noted that crew chief, Alan Gustafson would make good on a similar promise to shave his head.

But Gordon was less certain as to how his mustache will look. “I don’t know if I have the ability to grow the Magnum P.I. or Earnhardt mustache,” he said. “If my mustache doesn’t grow anymore, I’m going to have to get a fake one.” 

Reflecting on racing at Phoenix, Gordon said that PIR is one of the top locations for fans and that the November race is one of the most important on the NASCAR circuit.

 “This is a great area for NASCAR fans from surrounding areas to come as well as from Arizona, they seem to love this track, so we see some of our most avid, loyal fans, and it’s a great race track,” Gordon said. “It’s always exciting and you never know how it’s going to end up, and to be the second-to-last race for the championship makes this a very important race.” 

 Phoenix International Raceway will one again host the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup during the weekend of Nov. 8-11. 

The full weekend of on-the-track NASCAR action at PIR kicks off with Gatorade Pole Qualifying, Friday, Nov. 9 at 4:10 p.m., followed by the Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 will feature the Great Clips 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, beginning at 2 p.m., and the Casino Arizona 50 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at 5 p.m. The event weekend is headlined Sunday, Nov. 11, by the 1 p.m. start of the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

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