Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon is reportedly considering leaving Fox after the 2021 season for a larger role at Hendrick Motorsports.
Fox’s live NASCAR Cup Series coverage of the 2021 season is slated to come to an end this Sunday, June 13 with the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.
NBC and NBC Sports Network are set to broadcast the remaining 20 races on the 36-race schedule beginning with the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 20.
As a result, this Sunday’s six-round, 100-lap race for $1,000,000 around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) oval in Fort Worth, Texas could mark Jeff Gordon’s final appearance in the NASCAR on Fox booth.
The four-time Cup Series champion and 93-time race winner retired from full-time competition after the 2015 season and joined the booth alongside Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in 2016. He continued in that role in 2017 and 2018 before signing a multi-year extension in 2019.
After Waltrip retired from his duties in the booth following the 2019 season, Gordon continued to work alongside Joy in 2020, and he now works alongside Joy and Clint Bowyer, who retired from Cup Series competition after the 2020 season to join the pair.
But his sixth season in the booth may be his last, as Sports Business Journal‘s Adam Stern has reported that Gordon is considering taking on a larger role at Hendrick Motorsports after the 2021 season, something that has been on his mind for many years, and thus leaving his current role, given the challenges that doing both at the same time would present.
Gordon is the only minority owner of Rick Hendrick’s team after signing a lifetime contract back in 1999, and Hendrick has long said that Gordon will be the man who takes over his spot at the helm of the team once he retires.
However, this isn’t the first time that Gordon has reportedly been considering leaving the booth for a bigger role at the sport’s all-time winningest team. He said that he wasn’t sure whether he would sign a new deal after his initial contract expired after the 2018 season, but he ended up doing so in move that he called a “no-brainer, even more so this time around”.
Will this Sunday mark the final time we see Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR on Fox broadcast booth, or will he end up signing a new deal to return in 2022? If he decides to leave after six years, will Fox roll with a two-man booth like they did after Waltrip retired?
Tune in to Fox Sports 1 at 6:00 p.m. ET for the live broadcast of the All-Star Open from Texas Motor Speedway, and stay tuned in for the live broadcast of the All-Star Race at 8:00 p.m. ET.