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CONCORD, N.C. -- Late last week, Jeff Gordon made a surprise appearance on FOX's American Idol. Through his Instagram account, Gordon gave an inside look behind the scenes of the experience.

Behind-the-scenes at @AmericanIdol with @JLo, @HarryConnickJR, @KeithUrban & @IngridVandebosch. #idol #Team24
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Behind-the-scenes at @AmericanIdol. #idol #Team24
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Behind-the-scenes at @AmericanIdol with @RyanSeacrest. #idol #Team24
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Hanging out with @IngridVandebosch at @AmericanIdol. @FOXTV #idol #Team24
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So why was Gordon there? To let the finalists know that they were headed to Fontana, California, to deliver the most famous words in motorsports before Sunday's race.