An actual World War II Duck Boat, a vehicle synonymous with transporting the region’s greatest sports heroes, will give multi-time NASCAR’s champions Jeff Gordon a final send-off before he makes his last start in the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday afternoon.
Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and three-time winner at the Magic Mile, will be accompanied by his family and No. 24 Drive to End Hunger crew members onto the amphibious landing vehicle for the champion’s lap. The duck boat will then deliver him to his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS for the final time as a full-time driver at the 1.058-mile oval.
“I have many fond memories of racing in New Hampshire and I am thrilled to share the pre-race moment with my team and family,” said Gordon, who is the only competitor to start all 41 Cup races ever held at NHMS. “I have raced here since 1991, and it’s been a heck of a ride.”
In addition to being Gordon’s final scheduled start at NHMS, Sunday’s race will be Gordon’s 789th consecutive Sprint Cup Series start, breaking Ricky Rudd’s record of 788.
Gordon has never missed a race in his illustrious career. Drawing comparisons to Cal Ripken’s streak of 2,632 straight games in Major League Baseball and Brett Favre’s 297 straight games played in the National Football League, Gordon’s streak is on par, given the risks that come with every lap.
Tickets to the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend can be obtained at the track’s ticket office, by visiting the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.