Chase preview: Jeff Gordon bringing back the mustache

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Jeff Gordon thinks he can rekindle some of his old on-track magic that made him a four-time champion when the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jeff Gordon, right, is shown as a 21-year-old in NASCAR’s premier series in 1993 with another mustachioed legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Why not? He’s already taken one step to turn back the clock.

Gordon announced Sunday that he would bring back the absurdly comical mustache he donned in the early 1990s as a young 21-year-old rookie in the NASCAR’s premier series.

On Twitter, Gordon’s account said: “So as many of u may have heard, I made a statement that if we made the Chase I wud bring back the stache. I’m a man of my word.”

The reveal came just hours after his stirring comeback run in NASCAR’s regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway, where he overcame some early handling problems to finish second in the Federated Auto Parts 400 that ended at 1:22 a.m. ET after two rain delays. Gordon secured the last spot in the 12-man Chase by three points over Kyle Busch, who faded late to finish 16th.

Gordon’s decision surely came as a delight to followers of the Facebook page titled, “Bring Back Jeff Gordon’s Mustache in 2012,” with an image of the driver’s straight brown, vintage ‘stache. Gordon, now a mature 41 and a father of two young children, said he grew the facial hair as a rookie to make himself look older. But in 1994, then-wife Brooke persuaded him to abort the now-legendary look.

No word what current wife/former model Ingrid Vandebosch will think of her husband’s fashion sense. But if it brings back the performance that helped Gordon win championships in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001, Gordon’s family or fans certainly won’t object.

 

 

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