Shot at $1 million NASCAR prize comes up short
Jeff Gordon finished second in Sunday's Dickies 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, and it's likely the only person more disappointed that Gordon didn't win was an oil-rig worker named Hale Hughes.
As part of its race promotions, the Dickies work-wear clothing company selected Hughes as its “American Worker of the Year” and let him make a blind pick among the 43 cars in the Sprint Cup Series race.
The Woodville, Texas, resident chose Gordon, and if Gordon had won, Hughes would have won $1 million.
That would have been more than Carl Edwards received for actually winning the race ($496,300).
Photo: Jeff Gordon during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Credit: Robert Laberge / Getty Images for NASCAR