Jeff Gordon may retire if he wins Sprint Cup

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Gordon says he will call it a career if he wins another championship.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Is the 2014 NASCAR season really going to be Jeff Gordon's last?

The answer is yes, but there is a caveat. Gordon will only seriously contemplate retirement if he were to win the Sprint Cup championship.

"I want to get a Sprint Cup championship ... I want that before my career's over."-Jeff Gordon

"I've put in 20-plus great years," Gordon said Thursday during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. "I do this now because I love it, because I like being competitive, and because I want another championship."

And what would Gordon, whose last title came in 2001, do if he won another championship?

"If that happened, that would be all the reasons I need to say, ‘This is it, I'm done.' Go out on a high note."

Another title would be Gordon's fifth, and his first under the current Chase for a Sprint Cup format. It would also be his first championship with "Sprint Cup" etched on the trophy and not "Winston Cup."

Although this may not seem significant, to Gordon there is a notable difference.

"I want to get a Sprint Cup championship," Gordon said. "I go home and I look at my trophy room and I see four championship trophies. But they say Winston Cup on them. You can name me a four-time Sprint Cup champion for technical reasons all you want, but to me I'm still not.

More from SB Nation:

Danica Patrick brushes off Richard Petty criticism

Brad Keselowski not "muzzled," just more informed

NASCAR hot seat: The drivers, crew chiefs and teams under pressure

Richard Petty: Danica Patrick won't win a NASCAR race

The good times, hard life and shocking death of Dick Trickle

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.