They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
Well, Jeff Gordon knows fellow NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Jr., which just so happens to be the favorite driver of the police officer that pulled him over. On an episode of the Dale Jr. Download podcast, a fan asked them about the time Dale Jr. talked Gordon out of getting a speeding ticket.
It was right around the time that Earnhardt made the switch to Hendrick Motorsports, so Jeff gave him a call to congratulate him and welcome him to the team.
“I was driving to dinner and I said, I’ma call him. And I didn’t have the hands-free set up in the car, so I just call him. So I’m driving along, on the phone, we’re talking, I’m congratulating you and welcoming you to the team, and it’s cool. You picked up, and we’re having a nice conversation. And all of a sudden, I’ve got blue lights in my rear window, and I’m like, ‘Uh oh, I’m getting pulled over.’
“So, I wasn’t sure if I should stay on the phone with Dale or not, but I said, ‘No no, stay on here. I may need you.’ And luckily I did because first, the guy says to me, ‘You know you’re not supposed to be on a cellphone.’ And then second, he’s like, ‘And you were speeding.’ And I just said – and I never do this, but I said this is the moment I’ve got to pull this off.
“I said, ‘I know, I’m sorry. You don’t happen to be a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan, are you?’ And he’s like, ‘Well yeah, why? What does that have to do with anything?’ And I said, ‘Well I’ve got him on the phone. I was congratulating him on something.’ And he goes, ‘What?’ And I just handed the phone off and you spoke to him for two seconds and got me out of it!”
You would think just being Jeff Gordon might be enough to get you out of it, but nah. There’s “famous,” and then there’s so famous that cops won’t even give you a speeding ticket. Clearly, Jeff is the former and Dale Jr. is the later.