Jeff Gordon’s racing career has come full circle. On Sunday night in Gordon will make his 750th career start at the same track that he made his first, Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"In my first Cup start, I was completely unaware of what I was getting into," Gordon said. "I had a great race car, but I did everything I possibly could do to ruin that opportunity."
Gordon finished 31st in his Sprint Cup Series debut at AMS in November of 1992. That race was also the final race of Richard Petty’s career. Since that time Gordon has racked up 91 career wins, tops among active drivers and third all time. He has also won four championships.
“All I can contribute it to is just a lot of good things happening at the right moments, meeting the right people and getting here at a young age,” said Gordon. “Then good genes too. I’ve taken so big hits. Some that could have taken me out of contention to stop that streak. Yet, either the schedule worked out or my body healed itself or whatever happened. Here we are at 750. At the time I didn’t really think about that, but now I look back on it and it’s something I’m proud of."
Gordon is in the mist of one his best seasons ever this year, his 21st full time in the Sprint Cup Series. He currently sits atop the Chase for the Championship grid and is one of four drivers with three wins this season, with two races left until the Chase. Gordon says his long career has had, as you might expect, highs and lows.
“The worst? I can think of a few crashes in Vegas and Pocono and Watkins Glen,” said Gordon. “ But the best, I’ve had a lot of good moments. Luckily for me, they far outweigh the bad moments. And from Brickyard 400’s, all five of them, to Daytona 500 wins and some great battles and wins here (Atlanta) as well and championships. I mean, how much time do we have? It’s a long list.”