Sunday, May 25, 2014

Jeff Gordon, NASCAR's 'Wonder Boy'

    May 29, 1994:  Jeff Gordon's first career victory was the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was the youngest Charlotte pole winner at age 22.

1994. 'Jeff Gordon celebrates in victory lane at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with 'Lugnut', after winning the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 with a speed of 181.439 mph.'
- Chuck Burton/AP

1994. 'Jeff Gordon, pole sitter for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, gets ready for a practice run at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.'
- Bob Jordan/AP

2004. 'Kurt Busch (97), Kasey Kahne (16), Jeff Gordon (24), Sterling Marlin (40), Joe Nemechek (01) and Kevin Harvick (29) slide and crash at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday evening, May 22, 2004, during the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge in Concord, N.C. 
- Jeff Siner/Staff 

1998. 'Jeff Gordon talks with his crew chief, Ray Evernham during a test session at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.'
- Chuck Burton/AP

2008. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk in the garage area at Lowe's Motor Speedway.'
- Jeff Siner/Staff

2010. 'Jeff Gordon and his wife Ingrid Vandebosch play with daughter Ella Sofia Gordon before the NASCAR Sprint All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.'
- Chuck Burton/AP

2010. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon uses a headset on pit road prior to qualifying for the Coca Cola 600. Gordon qualified 15th with Ryan Newman winning the pole for the race to be run on Sunday, May 30th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.'
- Jeff Siner/Staff

1997. 'Jeff Gordon and his (then) wife, Brooke, scan the race track just moment prior the start of the UAW-500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.'
- Patrick Schneider/STAFF