Jeff Gordon has said that it is possible that he may have to retire if his back causes him as much pain as it did last week before the Coca-Cola 600. The 42 year old four time MASCAR champion has said however, that he is hoping that he has found some solutions that should help him to avoid the pain that he suffered last week and nearly forced him to pull out. He was suffering from back spasms which brought his practice sessions to a crawl and he had no idea whether he would be able to race.
He had treatment after trying to practice and team mate, Regan Smith was waiting in the wings in case he had to race in Gordon’s place. However, he managed to not only drive but got his ninth top ten finish of the season when he crossed the line in seventh place.
He has admitted though, that if he consistently suffers from the shooting pains that he suffered last week he would have little choice but to pull out. He has even said that his back is not recovered and he feels never will feel perfect while he is driving. He even said at Daytona that he was seriously considering retirement if he won his fifth championship. This could spur him on to work hard towards a win.
Years ago he had lower spine problems and had to have medication and special workouts to get back to form and in 2008 drove in pain and saw no wins at all. However, Gordon said the pains that he suffered last week were very different to anything he had felt before. He explained that he will be making sure that he stays more active and will not be sitting for long periods as that can aggravate the problems. Last week he sat for three hours between practice and qualifying and that led to him having to have some serious injections before he was able to compete. This weekend he has no standby driver and he has reported feeling fine so far and also expressed his determination at getting through it. Time will therefore tell as to whether he will remain in good health and be able to continue racing.