What could I say about Jeff Gordon?
Published 5:30 pm, Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I was recently asked by a Spectrum reader why I never write about Jeff Gordon.
My response was, "Because he hasn't done anything worth talking about lately."
But that got me thinking about Jeff's career and just how good he really can be.
His first Sprint Cup race (formerly Winston Cup) was at the last race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway in November 1992.
In 1993, he started his full-time career with Hendrick Motor Sports driving the Dupont-sponsored, number 24, which he still drives today.
Jeff will have a new sponsor on his car next season. For 22 races per season, over the next three years, AARP will be on the hood of his car.
The Drive to End Hunger campaign benefits the AARP Foundation's hunger program.
Jeff will become a spokesperson for AARP to help raise funds and awareness. There are more than 6 million seniors older than the age of 60 who go without food.
Jeff started his own foundation in 1999 to help raise money for critically ill children.
Jeff, 39, has two children with his wife, Ingrid.
That's all great, but let's get back to Jeff's driving career.
In his second race at NASCAR's highest level of racing, he won his qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
He won Rookie of the Year honors and finished 14th in points. Not a bad way to start your career.
He now has four points championships. The first came in 1995, then again in 1997, 1998 and 2001.
He has 82 wins, with his last one coming at the Texas Motor Speedway in the 2009 Samsung 500.
Jeff won his 70th pole this year at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but remains winless so far in 2010.
Jeff has no plans to retire any time soon. Yet, if he wanted to, he could do it comfortably. In 2009, he became the first driver to reach $100 million in career earnings.
So, when it comes to Jeff Gordon, I was wrong. There's still plenty to talk about.
Sprint Cup guys are in Texas on Sunday.