Portion Of Interstate 85 To Be Named For NASCAR's Jeff Gordon

5:21 PM, Oct 19, 2011   |    comments
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Jeff Gordon (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Charlotte, NC -- The Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners approved a plan Tuesday night that would designate a section of Interstate 85 for NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

The road would be dubbed the "Jeff Gordon Expressway" and would run from the Charlotte city limits to the Cabarrus County line.   The next step is for the commissioners to ask the NCDOT to make it official.

Gordon follows other notable Nascar stars who already have roads named for them.  A stretch of US220 in Randolph County is named for Richard Petty.  Benny Parsons has a stretch of Highway 421 in Wilkes County in his honor.  Dale Earnhardt has his own boulevard and highway in Cabarrus and Iredell counties.

The original proposal was made by NASCAR officials to honor Gordon's 85th win and to acknowledge his charity work.

"Jeff Gordon has done a lot for the community, for the hospital, Northeast, built the Jeff Gordon children's wing," Gina Corl of Kannapolis told WBTV.

Gordon told WBTV that he is excited about the road name and that he travels that stretch of road all the time.

NASCAR spokesman, Scott Warfield, said there is no set time they are hoping to see the Gordon Expressway sign go up.  The decision will now go to the NCDOT, who is meeting to discuss the designation in early November.

 Triad Fans Respond 

While a lot of fans think Gordon deserves to have part of I-85 designated to him, some are indifferent to the change.  Other fans are not happy at all.

Gina Barlow, a huge supporter of Hendrick Motorsports, said Gordon deserves the honor, not just because of his record, but because of who he is off the track.

"I have never seen anybody that will take the time just to slam on brakes in the middle of all the chaos in the garage, and take the time to speak with you," said Barlow, who has met Gordon several times.

Jordan Rogers has grown up around NASCAR.  He, too, has met Gordon and thinks highly of him.  However, he was surprised the road designation wasn't going to another NASCAR icon.

"You could probably pick someone that is from here and name it after him," said Rogers.  "I'm surprised it's not Hendrick Street for as much as he's won and as much area as he owns down there."

People are also responding on WFMY News 2's Facebook page.  Libby wrote on Facebook she thought "Jeff Gordon Expressway" was a bad idea and that Dale Jr. should get the recognition instead.

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