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Six Pack of Pop: Gordon experiences 'Bieber Fever' in busy week

September 13, 2011, Joe Menzer,

Historic win, sponsor appearances, White House visit, Fashion Week, and a race

Jeff Gordon, four-time Sprint Cup champion, answers this week's six questions.

1. Can you talk about what a crazy week you had leading up to your third-place finish in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway last Saturday night?

Gordon: [Last Thursday] was a crazy day for me, I must say. I left to go do two appearances, one in Richmond to kick off a good drive for the Drive to End Hunger [campaign] around Richmond and the Virginia area and their food bank; and then I went to the AARP headquarters in Washington D.C. and spent some time with the team there. They call them the pit crew, the folks who are working solely on the Drive to End Hunger program.

2. But that wasn't all, was it?

Gordon: Then my lovely wife who loves fashion had asked me a few weeks ago if I would make a trip up to New York [for Fashion Week]. I told her it was absolutely impossible to do.

But she said please and I can't say no to her, so I ended up going there. I didn't know I was going to get to meet the Bieb [pop singer and teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber].

3. The Bieb? What was that like?

Gordon: I don't know what it was like to be in close proximity to the Beatles back in the day, but that was about the only thing I could think of -- because we showed up at the Dolce & Gabbana store and it was like a rock concert for teenage girls. It was unbelievable. It was quite an experience.

4. Of course last week started off with your belated third win of this season in the rain-delayed race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Did you know then it was going to be a crazy week?

Gordon: When you look at the win on Tuesday, the White House visit [for Gordon and other 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup participants] on Wednesday, the food drive and Fashion Week with the Bieb -- and then back to the race track [in Richmond]. It was definitely quite a week. So yeah, my head is still spinning.

5. Last Sunday was the 10th-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on America. Where were you and what is your most vivid memory of that day?

Gordon: I had to have a marshal on my plane to fly into [Washington] D.C. [last Thursday] because I flew into Reagan [International Airport] -- and the only way you can fly into Reagan now with a private aircraft is to have a marshal on board. The Pentagon is right there when you fly into Reagan and then just being back in D.C. there was just a lot of reflection and memories about what went on that day.

I was living in Florida at the time and I just remember turning on the TV that morning and seeing one of the Twin Towers up in smoke and how they were saying that a plane had crashed into it -- and trying to understand how that could have happened. ... It was a frightening experience, one I will never forget.

6. As a guy who now spends a fair amount of his time in New York, what do you take from that day?

Gordon: Here we are 10 years later and I think this country has gone through a lot, and goes through a lot every 9-11. I think it's important for us to reflect on those who were lost, to pay them tribute but also to honor our military for what they have to go through and our police officers and firemen as well. What they have to go through to keep us protected, they put their lives on the line. We need to always show our appreciation for them.