"I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the offseason, and I've decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship."

That's the line from Jeff Gordon, according to ESPN, confirming that this will be his last NASCAR Sprint Cup series. As you can see in the tweet below, Gordon made the official announcement to his team at the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports headquarters Thursday.

Gordon has refrained from using "the 'R-word'" in his announcement, as he plans "to stay extremely busy in the years ahead." Furthermore, he said "there's always the possibility I'll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that."

Jeff Gordon has a very storied career, with 92 Sprint Cup wins, including championships in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001. Gordon trails behind Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty and David Pearson in career victories, including three Daytona 500 wins and five Brickyard 400 victories.

"I don't foresee a day when I'll ever step away from racing," Gordon said, according to ESPN. "As an equity owner in Hendrick Motorsports, I'm a partner with Rick [Hendrick] and will remain heavily involved with the company for many years to come."

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