It seemed like yesterday that Jeff Gordon ran his final race at Homestead. It was no secret that he had already found his new home after he announced his retirement last season. Of course in normal Jeff Gordon style, he was in no hurry to rush into his new role as he tried to win his fifth Sprint Cup Championship and drive off into the sunset so to speak. I have to say it hasn’t taken Gordon long to fit into his new role standing alongside Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip on the NASCAR On FOX set.
Watching and listening to Gordon during practices, pole qualifying and the Sprint Unlimited, he brings a whole new different aspect as he was a part of the growing experience that went through aerodynamic changes like the Car Of Tomorrow, the current Chase format and such. As he joins Mike and Darrell, it moved Larry McReynolds into the next booth as rules analyst. Gordon’s experience and Larry’s expert analysis into the 2016 rules and charter package helps expand the combined knowledge and sets out more information for the FOX TV audience to sink their brain into.
If you look at the new team so far, FOX put together a perfect one. With FOX showing commercials of his transition from NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to FOX analyst, the timing was indeed right for Jeff’s new job. But honestly, I could’ve done without the Kenny Rogers song. Nothing against the Gambler himself, just listening to Through The Years makes my ears grind (don’t ask). I have to mute the TV every time I hear it. But the song proved to be the perfect time for his new role.
I’m already looking forward to Jeff’s point of view throughout the FOX season. It will be fun to hear what Jeff has to say from Daytona to Sonoma. As FOX mentioned in their commercial, it was worth the wait. Now to get this song out of my head again with unloving music.
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