Skip to content

Jeff Gordon on back problems: “I wouldn’t say I’m 100%”

May 30, 2014, 4:40 PM EST

Fedex 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks - Qualifying Getty Images

Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon gutted out the Coca-Cola 600 despite dealing with back spasms, and he’s set to do it again this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Gordon, who won at Kansas earlier this month to secure a place in the Chase Grid, noted that while he’s still feeling residual effects after NASCAR’s longest race, he’ll be good to go for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.

“I wouldn’t say I’m 100%,” said Gordon, who does have a degenerative disc and needed an epidural and a Cortisone shot for treatment last week.

“I’m back closer to normal, which is just always aggravation and some discomfort. I’m still feeling some of the effects of what went on last week, but I felt good in the car. I didn’t have any sharp pains, so that’s good.

“I just had a week of rest and normal activity – lots of ice this week. I was pretty sore on Monday and Tuesday after that long 600, but that’s not totally unusual; but probably just a little bit more than normal because of all that I went through. So, I feel good for this weekend.”

Nonetheless, the four-time Cup champion indicated that the matter was a wake-up call to him – not just regarding his conditioning but about possibly being forced to hang up his helmet.

“I think that it really more pointed toward some things that I have to address throughout a race weekend and how I handle the downtime,” he said. “I’ve been working a lot harder on my training and riding a bike and exercising and the problem with that is that it tightens everything up even more so than normal.

“If I don’t stay loose and ice and do other things that keep me loose when I get to the race weekend, what happened could possible occur again. So, that’s the biggest thing I’m focused on; not thinking or focusing on anything else. I can tell you if that happens many more times, I won’t have a choice [regarding retirement].”

But despite talk of the R-word, Gordon is having none of it. While not annoyed by such chatter, he insists his focus is on remaining as consistent as he has been on the track and contending for a fifth Cup title this fall.

“I think that if anything, [the 600] only built more momentum for our race team to go through what we went through, he said.

“And to go have that kind of a race – to show the team what kind of determination I have as well as kind of show our competitors that it’s going to take a lot to get us down – I think that did more good for us for this season and our chances for a championship than anything else.”

Latest Posts
  1. Nico Rosberg rallies to pole position in Abu Dhabi

    Nov 22, 2014, 9:06 AM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Qualifying Getty Images

    German driver claims his 11th pole position of the season.

  2. WATCH LIVE: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying on NBCSN from 8a ET

    Nov 22, 2014, 7:45 AM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Qualifying Getty Images

    The final fight for pole position takes place in Abu Dhabi today, with all of the action on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8a ET.

  3. GP2 champion Palmer admits F1 chances are slim

    Nov 22, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Russia - Qualifying Getty Images

    The British racer will test for Force India next week, but thinks he chances of getting a full-time seat are slim.

  4. Horner: The right time for Vettel to leave Red Bull

    Nov 22, 2014, 6:30 AM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Practice Getty Images

    Red Bull team boss thinks it is the right time for both the driver and the team to part company.

  5. Rosberg closes out Abu Dhabi practice fastest

    Nov 22, 2014, 6:04 AM EST

    AUTO-PRIX-F1-ABU-DHABI-PRACTICE

    Nico strikes back in FP3, edging out Hamilton by three-tenths of a second.

  6. WATCH LIVE: FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Nov 22, 2014, 4:45 AM EST

    Mideast Emirates F1 GP Auto Racing AP

    Nico Rosberg must stop Lewis Hamilton’s dominance in practice if he is to put the pressure on for qualifying.

  7. Formula E: Sam Bird soars to victory in Putrajaya ePrix

    Nov 22, 2014, 2:33 AM EST

    The Goodwood Festival of Speed - Day 1 Getty Images

    A nifty early move for the lead and masterful power conservation gives Bird the win in Malaysia.

  8. Nicolas Prost wins Formula E Malaysia pole, but must serve 10-spot grid penalty

    Nov 21, 2014, 10:22 PM EST

    CHina Formula E Auto Racing AP

    Prost will start tonight’s Putrajaya ePrix from 11th, while Oriol Servia and Jerome d’Ambrosio of Dragon Racing will be at the head of the field.

  9. Sam Bird tops Formula E practice in Malaysia

    Nov 21, 2014, 8:27 PM EST

    AUTO-FORMULAE-CHN Getty Images

    The Virgin Racing pilot takes top honors in a 75-minute practice session ahead of qualifying and tonight’s Putrajaya ePrix.

  10. NASCAR AMERICA: A well-deserved title for Kevin Harvick (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

    NASCAR Champions Portraits Getty Images

    Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team had to go through a lot in 2014 to win the Sprint Cup title. NASCAR AMERICA’s Rick Allen and Kyle Petty discuss.

  11. NASCAR AMERICA: The final pit strategies of the Championship 4 (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2014, 6:00 PM EST

    Credit: Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/MCT Credit: Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/MCT

    Kevin Harvick’s four-tire call late at Homestead proved to be the difference in his title-clinching victory last weekend. NASCAR AMERICA discuss how pit strategy made an impact.

  12. NASCAR: John Wes Townley to run full-time trucks, part-time XFINITY in 2015

    Nov 21, 2014, 4:48 PM EST

    UNOH 225 Getty Images

    His Athenian Motorsports team will switch to Chevrolet and get Hendrick engines for its dual programs.

  13. Kevin Magnussen not seeing Abu Dhabi as battle for survival at McLaren

    Nov 21, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Practice Getty Images

    Magnussen on his future with McLaren: “I honestly assume that no decision has been made on the management level so far, but I would deny that this race is something of a shoot-out.”

  14. Watch NASCAR America 5 pm ET – Final Scan All 43 – Championship Edition

    Nov 21, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

    nascar america

    You say you need a NASCAR fix? Well, don’t worry, Friday is the final installment of our NASCAR America – Scan All 43 episodes, entitled “NASCAR America: Scan All 43 – Championship Edition.”

  15. Abu Dhabi GP Paddock Notebook – Friday

    Nov 21, 2014, 2:30 PM EST

    Lewis Hamilton AP

    Lewis Hamilton sent out a statement of intent during practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today, beating Nico Rosberg in both practice sessions.

  16. Kristensen’s retirement leaves a void bigger than just a race seat

    Nov 21, 2014, 2:15 PM EST

    FRA-AUTO-LEMANS Getty Images

    Replacing Tom Kristensen will be no easy task at Audi.

  17. Alonso anticipating hardest qualifying of 2014 in Abu Dhabi

    Nov 21, 2014, 1:45 PM EST

    Fernando Alonso AP

    Electrical failure in FP2 robs the Spaniard of some much-needed track time after sunset in Abu Dhabi.

Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches
  1. J. Johnson (1774)
  2. J. Gordon (1743)
  3. K. Harvick (1679)
  4. R. Newman (1663)
  5. J. Logano (1649)
  1. D. Hamlin (1635)
  2. T. Stewart (1391)
  3. K. Larson (1289)
  4. M. Kenseth (1269)
  5. J. McMurray (1174)