Slowing down: NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon to retire as full-time driver after 2015 season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon says he will retire as a full-time driver after the 2015 season. The 43-year-old Gordon is coming off one of his best seasons in years. He won four times in 2014, including the Brickyard 400.

He says he’s not officially calling it a retirement because there is “always the possibility I’ll compete in selected events; although I currently have no plans to do that.” Gordon tweeted “I’m proud of the career I’ve had & knew this day would come, but I’ll be involved with for many years to come.”

Gordon has 92 career Sprint Cup wins and championships in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. He has spent his entire 23-year career in the No. 24 car with Hendrick Motorsports.

Gordon is third in career victories, trailing Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105). He has three Daytona 500 victories and a record five Brickyard 400 wins.