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Jeff Gordon: The Sport Of Stock Car Driver

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Over the course of the last 68 years, the sport of stock car racing has seen many legends. In the past two decades, Jeff Gordon has been the man that filled that legend position. Born in 1971 in Vallejo, California, Jeff was raised in Pittsboro, Indiana where he raced midget cars, as well as go karts and sprint cars. Jeff was extremely successful in doing this, becoming the youngest driver ever to earn a USAC license. In October of 1990, Jeff made his stock car debut in the Busch Grand National series (now NASCAR Xfinity Series), NASCAR's minor league. Twenty six years later, he is recognized as one of the greatest the sport has ever seen. Jeff Gordon was extremely influential in automotive racing because of how successful he was, winning…show more content…
In just his first season as a Cup Series driver, Jeff won his first award. He was named 1993's Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. Prior to this, he was 1991's Busch Series Rookie of the Year. In both 1995 and 1998, he was Richard Petty's Driver of the Year. On four different occasions, in years 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2007, he won the ESPY award for Best Driver. In 1997, 2004, and 2011 he was NASCAR Illustrated's Person of the Year. In 1998 he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers ever in honor of the sport's 50th anniversary. He holds a Chevrolet Lifetime Achievement Award that he was honored with in 2015. There is a Jeff Gordon Boulevard in his home town of Pittsboro, Indiana, a Jeff Gordon Expressway on Interstate 85 in North Carolina, and Phoenix International Raceway was named Jeff Gordon Raceway for his second-to-last NASCAR race, the 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500. How incredible it must be for one to see their legacy on a scale such as…show more content…
In that year, he only raced once and finished 79th overall for the season. He may have had his moments of doubt, but they would soon be diminished. After that first season, Jeff Gordon went on to race for another 24 years, running 797 races, and winning 93 of them (Jeff Gordon 2016)! Outside of his his first season, Jeff never missed a single race. Not only did he win 93 races, he came Top 5 for 325 of them, And Top 10 for 475. He ran a career total of 228,652 laps, leading 24,929 of them. Jeff Gordon drove for a total of 298,397 miles, making $153,703,607 along the way (Jeff Gordon 2016). This man was truly a legend at what he did. He tops many "Greatest of all Time" lists. Few names could even be considered to be better. These statistics only include his Cup Series seasons, though everything else is hardly worth mentioning because he was sort of a breakout guy. Including all other NASCAR series' Jeff Gordon ran a total of 872 races. Jeff's 93 Cup Series wins makes him the 3rd winningest driver of all
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