Gordon won a Winston Cup record $10,879,757 in 2001 as he
elevated himself to motorsports' all-time money winner. He also
punctuated his season with a series-leading six Bud Pole Awards. 

He came back from a first lap crash to win The Winston all-star race
for the third time, tying the late Dale Earnhardt for the most wins in
the event and won his third edition of the Brickyard 400 at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At age 30, he became the youngest
driver ever to win four Winston Cup titles and is only the third, along
with Earnhardt and "King" Richard Petty, to achieve that plateau. 

Despite his age, there is no denying Gordon can be labeled a veteran
when it comes to racing. Born in Vallejo, Calif., but raised in Pittsboro,
Ind., Gordon began his racing career at age 5. By age 20, with
numerous victories and achievements, he was named, for the second
straight year, to the 1991 All-American Team by the American Auto
Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association, joining such notables as
Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Michael Andretti and Gordon's racing hero, Rick

Gordon joined with car owner Bill Davis in 1991 and began competing
on the Busch Series, finishing second three times and third once. He
had five top-fives and 10 top-10s, notched one pole and placed 11th
overall in the standings. Those successes in his inaugural season
earned him the Vortex Comics Rookie of the Year honors. He
continued to excel in the 1992 season by capturing his first series
victory at Atlanta from the pole. He set the series record for pole
positions in a single season, capturing 11. 

Before his successes, Gordon logged more than 600 victories in 15
years of driving in open-wheeled competition. During the 1970s and
early 1980s, he won three national Quarter-Midget championships and
four national karting championships. He became USAC's youngest
driver when he was granted his race driver's license for that circuit on
his 16th birthday. In four different USAC divisions in more than four
years, he recorded 22 victories, 21 fast times, 55 top-5s and 66
top-10s in just 93 starts. 

In 1990, at 19, Gordon won the USAC Midget Series national
championship, becoming the youngest driver ever to win that title. He
followed that in 1991 by capturing the USAC Silver Crown national

Hendrick, a keen judge of racing excellence, was so impressed with
the talents and unlimited potential of the young racing phenom, that
he signed Gordon in early May 1992 to a Winston Cup Series contract
for the 1993 season. Gordon has since become an equity owner of his
race team.

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