DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As rain delayed his final race at Daytona International Speedway, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was showered with cheers during driver introductions Sunday.
Speedway officials handed out thousands of placards commemorating Gordon's milestones at Daytona, dating to his victory in a Daytona 500 qualifying race in 1993. By the time he was introduced in front of the grandstands near Turn 1, many of those cards were soggy from the rain.
That didn't dampen the enthusiasm of some fans as Gordon walked on stage without an umbrella. They cheered while waving the commemorative cards.