Jeff Gordon: Last season’s back spasms ‘not worth talking about’

Jeff Gordon diffuses the notion that recurring back issues could hamper his efforts in 2015.

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Many fans and tenants of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage were concerned last May when severe pain in Jeff Gordon’s lower back forced the four-time Sprint Cup champion to miss final practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.

Gordon himself later said that should his back problems persist in a major way, he may be forced to retire from the sport earlier than planned.

Despite his issues at Charlotte, the Hendrick Motorsports driver battled through the discomfort to complete 600 miles and finish seventh in NASCAR’s longest race.

As far as Gordon is concerned, there still is nothing to discuss in terms of his health.

The 43-year-old told the Daytona Beach News-Journal on Monday that he’s in good shape for the 2015 Sprint Cup season, while admitting that some back issues still linger.

"It’s not worth talking about," said Gordon, who has undergone therapy on his back for several years. "Nothing has changed since last year. It’s an ongoing process for me to maintain it. It’s not something I’m just going to fix. It’s not something I can do and all of a sudden my back will be healed.

"Other than what happened at Charlotte, it didn’t hinder me or my performance throughout the whole 2014 season."