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Jeff Gordon Talks ‘Wild’ Daytona 500, Fears During Races

California native and three-time Daytona 500 champ, Jeff Gordon is returning to his home state this month to race in the annual Auto Club 400 competition happening from March 23-25. The NASCAR pro checked in with the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to talk about the “wild, crazy, chaotic” race at the past Daytona 500, plus tell us what goes through his mind when he races, especially if he crashes.

Jeff has the support of millions of fans as one of the most popular professional NASCAR drivers in history, and he’s returning to his wide fan base here in California for the Auto Club 400 race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

Jeff recapped this year’s Daytona 500, commenting that the “night races are really spectacular” and what it was like racing in front of a massive prime-time audience. Almost as many viewers who watched the Oscars tuned in for the Daytona 500 this year, which Jeff says was “one of those wild, crazy, chaotic races that just happened to be in front of a huge audience.”

When asked if he has any fears going through his head when he gets into the driver’s seat for a race, Jeff confidentially replies that he can’t worry about fears.

“You can’t be a race car driver if you’re worried about that. When I was flipping upside down in Daytona, there’s no doubt I was a little concerned at times,” said Jeff. “The instant you realize you can get out, you go ‘oh my gosh, I can’t wait to hug my kids and see them and make sure they know I’m okay.'”

Jeff is taking the wheel this month for the Auto Club 400 race happening from March 23-25. For more information and tickets, click here.

Listen to our entire interview with Jeff Gorden to hear more from this race car legend!

  • RainbowRay

    One reason why that race had more viewers then the Oscar’s was because the race didn’t last as long as the Oscars (four and half hours? To long for me!). How long did that race last? I bet not even half the time! Good luck to Jeff in his upcoming race (not a huge NASCAR fan myself, but it would be an exciting experience to see one wouldn’t it?) and I’m so glad he knows how to “priortize” in his life. Despite being a professional in a “risky” and “dangerous” sport such is auto racing, at least he knows “how important his family” is and even says that “I can’t wait to get back and hug my kids and make sure they know that I’m okay!” (must be scary for them sometimes; depending on their ages).

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