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Feats in Jeff's racing career

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Jeff began racing at an early age of five, racing quarter midgets. Jeff competed for the first time on The Roy Hayer Memorial Race Track in California.

By the age of 13 he started driving sprint cars. For his career his family moved to Indiana. Before the age of 18, he had won three short-track races. At the age of 20 he became the youngest driver to win the season championship.

In 1991 and 1992, Gordon went on to the Busch Series driving for Bill Davis Racing. In 1992, he set a NASCAR record by capturing 11 poles in one season. In his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in 1992 he finished at 31st position. In 1994, he got his first career victory in the Coca Cola 600. In 1994ís Winston Cup series he finished 8th. In 1995 he won NASCAR Winston Cup series. He finished the season with eight poles and seven victories.

In 1996 season his starting performance was little shaky but ended the season winning 10 races. In 1997, he won his first Daytona 500 becoming the youngest driver in history to win the race.

In the same season he became the first man after Bill Elliott to win the "Winston Million." He finished the 1998 season with a victory in the season finale at Atlanta.

In 1998 he recorded 13 wins and tied Richard Petty's modern era record of 13 wins in a single season. In 1999, Gordon and Evernham formed Gordon/Evernham Motorsports but survived for only one year. Despite winning six times in 1999, he finished 6th in the series standings.

In 2000, he completed his half century by winning at Talladega in the spring event. But he disappointed everyone finishing 9th and winning only three races. In 2001 he won 6 races and answered back to his critics on his ability to win races.

He became the third driver to win four Cup championships in NASCAR history after Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt each winning 7 times. In August 2004 he won the Brickyard 400 becoming the only NASCAR driver with four Brickyard 400 victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

On 28th April 2007, by earning the pole at Talladega Superspeedway, he became the modern era pole leader passing Darrell Waltrip's record of 59. He started the 2010 season finishing 26th at Daytona and 19th at Auto Club Speedway.

By FW Editor

Tags: nascar, awards, championship

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 13 April '10

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