Jeff Gordon career summary

JEFF GORDON Born: Vallego, Calif. Resides: Huntersville, N.C. D.O.B.: August 4, 1971 Spouse: Brooke Drives DuPont-sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo owned by Rick Hendrick... Began racing go-karts and quarter-midgets at age 5...

JEFF GORDON

Born: Vallego, Calif. Resides: Huntersville, N.C. D.O.B.: August 4, 1971 Spouse: Brooke

Drives DuPont-sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo owned by Rick Hendrick... Began racing go-karts and quarter-midgets at age 5... USCA terror... 1979 and '81 quarter-midget national champion... 1990 USAC midget champion... 1991 USAC Silver Crown champion... 1991 Busch Grand National Rookie of the Year... Posted more than 500 short- track wins... Won record 11 Busch Grand National poles in '92... Had three BGN wins in only second year of stock-car competition, winning twice at Charlotte and once at Atlanta... Made Winston Cup debut in 1992 Hooters 500 at Atlanta, qualified 21st, finished 31st.

Got '94 off to good start with victory in Busch Clash, then went on to win Winston Select Open at Charlotte... Followed up a week later with first career victory, in Coca-Cola 600... Later went on to win inaugural Brickyard 400... 62 Winston Cup starts, $2,550,976 in career winnings (29th on all-time list)... First pole in Charlotte's '93 Mello Yello 500... At 21 in '93, became the youngest driver to ever win 125-mile qualifying race for Daytona 500 and first rookie since Johnny Rutherford in 1963... Named 1993 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year ... $1,779,523 in '94 winnings, finished 8th in '94 Winston Cup Standings.

Inspired by step-father, John Brickford, who moved family to midwest to give Jeff a better racing atmosphere... Big break came when Hugh Connerly hired him for first Busch ride... Tries to pattern driving style after Mark Martin... Enjoys water skiing, golf, video games and racquetball.

WINSTON CUP VICTORIES: 1994: Charlotte Indianapolis

SOURCE:

1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Media Guide

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Mark Martin , Johnny Rutherford