Jeff Gordon worked the ticket office as part of his visit to Darlington Raceway to promote the Southern 500. Gordon, who has won seven times at the Track Too Tough to Tame also took a lucky fan for a pace car lap around the historic egg shaped oval.
Gordon's last victory at Darlington came in 2007, but he top-5 finishes in eight of his last 10 trips to Darlington. He currently stands 6th in Sprint Cup points after starting the season with three straight top 10 efforts. When speaking to the media at Darlington, he said the sport has gotten off to a great start in 2014 with Dale Earnhardt, Junior's win at the Daytona 500 and the fans embracing the new championship format where wins are near automatic berths into NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.
Gordon is chasing his fifth Cup Championship and is enjoying social media fame beyond the race car. He put on a disguise for a Pepsi Max video where he took a car salesman for a wild test drive that garnered over 41 million YouTube hits. When people questioned if the prank was real, Gordon came up with a new sequel that has already topped 14 million clicks.
Darlington race weekend was moved up from Mother's Day weekend to mid-April. The track faces the challenge of going head to head with the Masters and spring games at the University of South Carolina and Clemson. The VFW Sports Clips Help A Hero 200 Nationwide series race is set for Friday, April 11th with the Southern 500 scheduled to go green just after 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 12th.