Throttle-Back Thursday: Jeff Gordon wins his initial Daytona 500

Jeff Gordon only took a large win during Daytona — in a recent 24-hour continuation race behind a circle of a new Cadillac DPi-V.R. prototype, that is. But with a 2017 Daytona 500 quick approaching, we’re looking behind to Gordon’s initial landmark win during a speedway dual decades ago this month.

Gordon’s win was a milestone, though there was (as is so mostly a box with racing’s biggest moments) so most some-more to a story: with Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven rounding out a lectern in second and third place, respectively, a ’97 competition noted a group brush for Hendrick Motorsports.

And if that wasn’t adequate drama, group owners Rick Hendrick had been, in a months heading adult to a race, slammed with a leukemia diagnosis and indicted on sovereign bribery, taxation semblance and money-laundering charges, creation a feat something of a pick-me-up for a successful automobile dealer. (Hendrick, of course, is still with us, and he’s still active in racing; he overcame a illness and was after pardoned by Bill Clinton.)

At 25, Gordon was a youngest leader of a Daytona 500 during that indicate in time; a record is now reason by 2011 hero Trevor Bayne, who took a mottled dwindle during a age of 20 years and one day. Gordon won again in 1999 and 2005, though unless he jumps behind into NASCAR, he won’t be severe Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison for four. Not that we reason that opposite him.

Read excerpts from a Feb. 24, 1997, emanate below.


Graham Kozak


Graham Kozak

– Graham Kozak gathering a 1951 Packard 200 sedan in high propagandize since he wanted something that would be easy to find in a parking lot. He thinks all a things they’re doing with fuel injection and seatbelts these days are flattering nifty too. Read some-more »

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