Jeff Gordon’s ‘stache gets trashed at Chicagoland

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, talks with crew chief Alan Gustafson in the garage during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, talks with crew chief Alan Gustafson in the garage during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)

Jeff Gordon’s entry into the 2012 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup was one for the highlight reels. At Richmond, Gordon was forced to race his way into Chase contention and was able to do so knocking out Kyle Busch for the final Wild Card spot.

During the week leading up to the first race in the Chase, the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Gordon exuded the confidence befitting a four time champion. He also began to exude something else as well; Gordon began growing a moustache, one like he had early in his career.  The facial hair began to take on a life of its own; Facebook posts began to pop up, t-shirts appeared and Gordon began talking about the good luck he hoped the ‘old school’ ‘stache would bring.

After Sunday’s race, and making the highlight reels for all the wrong reasons, he might just end up shaving the moustache off as soon as possible. MORE>>>

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