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Dover International Speedway Honors Jeff Gordon

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The rain washed out Friday's racing at Dover International Speedway. But it was still a big day at the track for one driver.

The speedway paid tribute to Jeff Gordon. This weekend's race will be the last one on the Monster Mile for one of NASCAR's all-time greats.

To say Patty Gordon - no relation - is a Jeff Gordon fan would be an understatement, a big understatement.

Jeff Gordon gear is all over the outside of her camper and the inside.

"I'm a huge Jeff Gordon fan. I've always been a Jeff Gordon fan - when he first started out, as young as he was," she said. "I'm always going to be a Jeff Gordon fan, whether he drives or doesn't drive. I'm going to miss him."

Lots of fans at Dover will miss Gordon as he bids farewell to the track. Friday city, state and speedway officials gave Jeff a big send-off. One of the tribute was the city of Dover declaring him an honorary citizen of the town.

"It is our hope that this will always be a place where Jeff Gordon and his family feel welcome and call home," said Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen.

The track presented Jeff will 90 miniature versions of Miles the Monster. It was one for each of his team members. Jeff's name is on the real miles a bunch. He's won at Dover five times, including last fall.

"With these presentations that just occurred, it does remind me just how much Dover and the state of Delaware have meant for me personally and for our team," Jeff said.

Clearly he means a lot to the fans here to root for him.

"I don't know who I'm going to pick for next year. If he would come back, I'd be right there with him," Patty said.

With Friday's qualifying canceled due to the rain, drivers are going to line up Sunday based on current points standings. That means Jeff will start 10th as he goes for win number six at the speedway.

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