NASCAR Week continues today here at the CRO Blog. This week we looked a the History of NASCAR, the 3 Greatest Races in NASCAR History and a look at the movie “Days of Thunder”. Today we profile NASCAR racing legend Jeff Gordon.
Gordon drives a Chevy SS for Hendrick Motorsports. Throughout the years, he has won numerous awards and honors for his skills on the track. As he approaches retirement of full-time driving, it’s a good time to look back at his fruitful career.
Gordon’s Early Beginnings and Biggest Accomplishments
Jeff Gordon started his driving career as a racer with Hugh Connerty Racing in the Busch Series. In 1993, he made his full-time Winston Cup debut, was the youngest driver to win a qualifying race at Daytona, and won the Rookie of the Year Award. His success at such a young age opened the door for other youthful drivers who deserved a chance to compete in NASCAR events. This earned him the nickname “Wonder Boy.” Eventually, he joined Hendrick Motorsports.
Throughout his career, Gordon earned many NASCAR honors. He is a four-time Sprint Cup champion, has won the Daytona 500 three times, and boasts the most wins in modern NASCAR history. He is the first driver to ever win over $100 million.
Gordon’s Chevrolet SS
In 2004, Gordon introduced a newly designed Chevrolet SS to NASCAR. It was a special time for the car brand and the sport. Since 1996, this was the first rear-wheel drive sedan in Chevy’s lineup. It was the latest entry from the manufacturer into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well. The direct-injection technology increased fuel efficiency, and the 6.2-liter V8 engine provided 420 horsepower. For his final season, Gordon continues with this model but with a bold “Drive to End Hunger” paint job.
Jeff Gordon Is Set to Retire
Gordon explained that 2015 is his last full-time racing season. As a testament to his dedication to the sport, he broke down in tears while making the announcement. It was reminiscent of the emotion he displayed on the night he won the first of his 92 career wins.
Even at the end of his career, he is competitive. Instead of being remembered nostalgically, he has maintained a high level of competition and will go out on a high note. His final goal is to grab his fifth Cup win and walk off as a true hero. Even if he loses, he will always be remembered as a man who made NASCAR more interesting.
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