CHARLOTTE – Jeff Gordon was among five NASCAR legends enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the Induction Ceremony held Feb. 1 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The south Charlotte resident is credited for taking NASCAR from a Southern pastime to the mainstream.
He became the youngest driver in the modern era to win a premier series title in 1995 at age 24. He won three more titles (1997, 1998 and 2001). In 1998, Gordon won a modern era-record 13 races in 1998. He finished his career third on the all-time wins list with 93 victories. He retired from full-time NASCAR racing as the sport’s iron man, boasting a record 797 consecutive starts.
“I’m so honored to be here surrounded by friends, family, fans and many people that have worked very hard behind the scenes for me over the years,” Gordon said. “Thank you to the fans who make racing the great sport that it is. You make being a race car driver a dream come true.”
Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Roger Penske and Jack Roush joined Gordon in the 10th Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which has 50 inductees. Steve Waid won the seventh Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.