In 1992, Jeff Gordon sat in his first stock car for a race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. His debut was Richard Petty’s farewell and since that day, Gordon has won four NASCAR Cup Series Championships and more than 80 Cup Series race wins. His pole position record stands at an astounding 65 and he also bagged the 1993 Rookie of the Year award in his first full season.
If ever you wanted Jeff Gordon to win, all you needed to do was hand him the biggest races of the season and he would come out trumps. He first won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1994 at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He repeated his feat at the same venue in 1997 and 1998. He won the Daytona 500 in 1997, 1999 and in 2005. He won the first ever Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1994 and then won it again in 1998. Between 1995 to 1998, he won four consecutive Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway. Jeff won the Winston in 1995 and 1997 and also won the Busch Clash, now known as the Bud Shootout, in 1994 and 1997.
In 1997, he became the second ever driver to win the Winston Million. His records are endless as he is also the only driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series to perform the consecutive wins’ feat that he pulled off at Darlington. Also, Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to exceed $4 million in earnings in 1995 and $6 million in 1997. These became the highest single-season earnings for those years.
As driver of the year in 1995 and 1997, Gordon also got named as the National Motorsports Press Association’s as well as Eastern Motorsports Press Association’s Driver of the Year in 1995 and the True Value Man of the Year in 1996.