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Jeff Gordon’s Name Comes Up After Hendrick Motorsports President’s Statement on Chase Elliott’s Replacement Excites Fans

Published 03/06/2023, 9:09 AM EST

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NASCAR fans are buzzing with excitement and anticipation as they speculate who will be driving the No. 9 car at Phoenix Raceway next weekend after Chase Elliott‘s snowboarding injury. Naturally, fans have been throwing around names and making predictions, with some even speculating that Jeff Gordon himself might come out of retirement to take the wheel.

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Kelly Crandall, a content writer for Racer Mag, had tweeted that Jeff Andrews, the President and General Manager of Hendrick Motorsports, had not yet decided who would be driving the number 9 car at Phoenix Raceway.


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Later on, a Reddit user by the name of razgrizzeroone shared Kelly’s Twitter post with the caption ‘Jeff Andrews says no decision yet on who will drive the 9 car next weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Andrews says Hendrick Motorsports will get together tomorrow to go through everything and he expects a decision then as haulers leave early in week.’

It had NASCAR redditors buzzing with speculations.

What do the fans think about Jeff Andrews’ pending call for no. 9 car?

One fan on Reddit suggested that Bill, Chase’s dad, who bought his son a snowboard, should be considered for the job. Some have suggested Josh Berry, who had already replaced Elliot at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

There has also been some discussion about the possibility of Corey LaJoie, who drives for Spire Motorsports, being loaned to the No. 9 team. However, one fan pointed out that this scenario is unlikely due to Spire/Lajoie’s sponsors not being willing to share their car with another driver.


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Despite the various names being thrown around, most fans seem to agree that it will be Berry or Allgaier who will fill in for Elliott. While Berry’s performance in his debut was not spectacular, many fans are willing to cut him some slack and give him another chance to prove himself.

As for the idea of Jeff Gordon making a comeback, it seems to be just wishful thinking on the part of some fans.

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However, it’s not entirely impossible, as Gordon has been known to come out of retirement for a one-off race in the past.


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Either way, NASCAR fans are eagerly awaiting the announcement from Hendrick Motorsports and can’t wait to see who will be behind the wheel of the No. 9 car at Phoenix Raceway next weekend.



Kshitij Singh Rawat

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Kshitij is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Direction from Whistling Woods International, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports, including NASCAR and dirt racing, and has a keen acumen to research new topics introduced to the field. He is an aspiring media personality who loves to ride along the fast pace of life, just like NASCAR.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh