May 20, 2013 Leave a comment
CHARLOTTE, N.C.(May 20, 2013) - In Jeff Gordon’s 700th career start at Darlington a few weeks ago, the 87-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner notched his 300th career top-five. But what does he remember about his third career top-five – a runner-up finish to Dale Earnhardt – in Gordon’s first attempt in the 600-miler at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
Gordon, whose first race in NASCAR’s premier series was the season finale in 1992, began his rookie campaign with a fifth-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. In March, he would secure his second top-five with a fourth-place finish at Atlanta. Seven races later – and several crashes later – Gordon would post his first of 65 career second-place finishes when he followed “The Intimidator” across the line here 20 years ago.