Jeff Gordon won his last championship in the last NASCAR season that ended after Thanksgiving

NASCAR and Thanksgiving weekend racing go together like peanut butter and mustard these days. It’s been that way since Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon won his fourth and final Cup Series championship, but NASCAR figured that would put an end to racing in late November many years earlier.

It took truly unique – and tragic – circumstances to make this possible for the first time in 27 years.