In the careers of many successful athletes, there are dark clouds, and for Gordon those hovered in the background over several years, generally beginning with his first championship in and, fortunately for almost everyone around him, ending in , a year after he scored his fourth title. He put 5-year-old Jeff on the track with older racers and guided his career from the first green flag to the first Sprint Cup checkered flag, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hundreds of wins in quarter-midget followed. When he got here, he already had a ton of laps in a car. It takes dedication. Between John being involved and with what Jeff was able to do, they had it.
Quarter Midget racing is a form of automobile racing. The adult size midget being raced during the start of quarter midget racing, used an oval track of one fifth of a mile in length. An adult size midget in the s and s could reach miles per hour, while the single cylinder 7 cubic inch quarter midget engine could make available a speed of 30 miles per hour In a rookie class Called novices , or one quarter the speed of the adult car. Most of the competitive classes run speeds near 45 miles per hour. Current upper class quarter midgets can exceed 45 miles per hour, but remain safe due to the limited size of the track. The drivers are typically restricted to ages 5 to
As final NASCAR Cup race approaches, Jeff Gordon looks back
Three-time Daytona winner. Five-time Brickyard winner. And the list goes on. Jeff Gordon has combined determination, hard work and decades of experience to achieve an unparalleled roster of victories. Jeff was five when he began running laps at a makeshift racetrack in Vallejo, California, that he and his stepfather John Bickford converted from a fairground.
T he tiny car with the black matte finish is already distinctive in a myriad of ways. Its surface is fuzzy to the touch, having been sprayed with a nylon-type material once ubiquitous on back porches in the s. Its rounded nose and sharply contoured tail resemble the roadsters synonymous with Indianapolis Motor Speedway decades ago. Its refurbished rear axle bears unmistakable scars of a tyke learning the limits of a quarter-midget amid tears and trepidation.