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Jeff Gordon - Winston Cup's Greatest Driver!!!

Career Biography & Info


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Jeffrey Michael Gordon                                      
DOB: August 4, 1971                                      
Birthplace: Vallejo, CA                                      
Grew up: Pittsboro, IN
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 150
Marital Status: Single
Residence: Lake Norman, NC
Team Owner: Rick Hendrick & Jeff Gordon
Hendrick Motorsports
Sponsor: Dupont Automotive Finishes
Car: Chevy Monte Carlo
Car Number: 24
Crew Chief: Robbie Loomis
Team Manager: Brian Whitesell                                      
Team Mates: #5 Terry Labonte & #25 Joe Nemecheck                                



Co-Owner: Car 48
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Sponsor: Lowe's Home Improvement
Car: Chevy Monte Carlo
Crew Chief: Chad Knaus









1974


See Jeff at age 3

1977 & 1978


At the age of 5, Jeff drives his first quarter midget
First Race was at the Capitol Quarter Midget Track in Rio Linda, CA
Won the Western States Championship in his class
Won the Fast Time Award
Won 35 main events
Set the fast time every time out during qualifying
Captures 5 track records

1979


Moved to the National Circuit
Wins First Grand National Championship
Wins 52 events & 8 track records
Wins the Pacific Northwest Indoor Championships
Drives the Stanley Car

1980


Wins 50 Fast times in 50 races
46 total race wins
Wins Second Grand National Title
Champion Light A class California Monza Series

1981 & 1982


Wins 3 California State Monza Championships
Wins Third Grand National Championship


1984


Light A Champion at the Winter Indoor


1985


Pro Debut Sprint Cars
Car #16 Stanley

1986


Drove the Osborne Sprint Car
Drove Sprint cars in New Zealand & Australia

1987


Competed in Speed weeks in New Zealand & Australia
In such races as 1986-87 America's Cup Sprint Car Classic
at Claremont Speedway, Perth Australia
August 4, 1987: Jeff is granted drivers license for the USAC circuit and becomes the youngest driver ever
World of Outlaws - Makes the feature 4 out of 5 times

1988


Last year in World of Outlaws
Finishes season at Eldora in the Kings Royal
Drives car #6G

1989


At age 17, Graduated from Tri West High School, Pittsboro IN & Raced at Bloomington, IN Speedway on the same night
USAC Midget Rookie of the Year
Sponsored by Diet Pepsi
Wins Prestigous "Night Before the 500" Race at Indianapolis


1990

Wins the feature at Bakersfield Speedway on 12/2/1990
Youngest Driver Ever to win USAC Midget Series National Championship
Back to Back victory at the Prestigous "Night Before 500 Race"
Season Totals in 21 races: 9 wins & 10 poles
Career in USAC over 4 years - 22 victories, 55 top fives, 66 top tens, 21 fast times
BEGINS BUSCH CAREER
Competes in 3 Busch races for Car Owner Hugh Connery in the #67 Pontiac Outback Steakhouse Car

1991


Youngest Driver Ever to Win the USAC Silver Crown Division National Championship
With victories at the Copper Classic in Phoenix & the Hulman 100 @ Indianapolis during the Indianapolis 500 weekend
Joins car owner Bill Davis and starts competing in the Busch Grand National Division for a full season
Drives the #1 Carolina Ford Car
3 second place finishes - 1 third place finish
Five top 5 finishes - 10 top 10 finishes
1 pole and 2 outside poles
Finished 11th in Points
Wins BGN Rookie of the Year
Total winnings $111,608


1992


Drives the #1 Baby Ruth Ford
Crew Chief: Ray Evernham
Sets BGN record for single race money winnings @Charlotte - earning $113,844
Sets BGN record for season total winnings of $349,000
Sets BGN record for poles in a single season with 11 - breaking the record held by Sam Ard since 1983
1st BGN win came at Atlanta after starting from the pole
Won 1st Pole in Winston Cup at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October
Finished 4th in Points
First career Winston Cup start at Atlanta & Richard Petty's final race


1993


BEGINS WINSTON CUP CAREER
Drives the #24 Dupont Automotive Chevy Lumina for Hendrick Motorsports
Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
First driver ever to win top Rookie honors in both Cup & BGN Divisions
First rookie in 30 years to win 125 mile qualifying race at Daytona (in just his 2nd career WC start)
Finished 14th in points


1994


Wins Busch Clash
Wins Winston Select
Wins Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Wins the Inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis
Won more money than any other NASCAR driver $1,607,010
Finished 8th in Points
7 top 5 finishes and 14 top 10 finishes


1995


YOUNGEST WINSTON CUP CHAMPION IN MODERN ERA
Wins all 3 segments of the Winston Select
First year to compete in IROC Series - finished 4th
7 victories, 8 poles, 23 top 10 finishes
2610 laps led
$4,347,343 in overall winnings


1996


Wins True Value Man of the Year Award
Wins ESPY for Best Driver
10 Victories, 5 Poles, 2313 laps led
Overall winnings $2,484,518
Finished 2nd in the points
Finished 10th in IROC Series

1997


WINS 2ND WINSTON CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Youngest driver to win the Daytona 500
Wins 3rd Winston Select
Second driver to win the Winston Million
Finished 6th in IROC Series
NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated's Man of the Year
Driver of the Year Award
10 victories, 1 Pole
22 top 5 finishes and 23 top 10 finishes
Only driver in history to exceed $4 million earnings

1998


WINS 3RD WINSTON CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
First driver to win the Brickyard 400 twice
Won the Winston No Bull Five - twice
Awarded Future Legend Award at NASCAR's Night in Hollywood
Wins ESPY for Best Driver
Ties Richard Petty's Modern Era Record of 13 wins in a season
Finished 3rd in IROC Series
13 wins and 4 wins in a row
Won a record $6,175,867 in regular season earnings
Over $9 million in overall earnings
13 victories, 7 Poles, 26 top five finishes & 28 top 10 finishes

1999


Youngest driver to win Daytona 500 twice
First driver to win the most races for 5 straight years
Wins ESPY for Best Driver
Finished 5th in IROC Series
7 victories, 7 Poles, led 1,320 laps
Finished 6th in the points

2000


Youngest driver to achieve 50 career wins (Occurs at Talladega)
Set record for 6 straight road course wins
3 victories, 3 Poles, 11 top 5 and 21 top 10 finishes
Finished 9th in the Points
Finished 6th in IROC Series

2001


WINS 4TH WINSTON CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Wins True Value Man of the Year Award
Won both The Winston and the Brickyard 400 for a third time
First driver to win $10 million in a single season
6 Victories, 6 Poles, 18 top 5 and 24 top ten finishes
2032 laps led and 25 Races led

2002


300th Career Start
60th career win occurs at Darlington
3 victories, 3 poles, 13 top 5 and 20 top 10 finishes
Wins the AARWBA Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy for a third time
Wins the GQ "Individual Athlete" of the year award
Finishes 4th in Points
Victory in Race of Champions in Gran Canaria, Spain


2003


Led Cup Series in Laps Led 1,639
Season sweep at Martinsville Speedway
18th career back to back win came at Atlanta

2004


Wins Brickyard 400 for the 4th time


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