In 1992, Jeff Gordon made his first start at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track. Since then, he has successfully tackled the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway six times, earning him the distinction of winningest active driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Gordon’s first start at Talladega came in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Against a field that included the likes of Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and Bill Elliott, the 21-year old driver started 28th and finished a respectable 11th. The very next year, Gordon would join the ranks of NASCAR’s elite and compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
It would take Gordon only eight tries to record his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Talladega and what a win it was. Against the veteran Dale Jarrett, Gordon crossed the finish line first by a narrow 0.146 seconds. Wins would come again in 2000, 2004, 2005. In 2007, Gordon swept both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Talladega Superspeedway, including another thrilling victory of 0.066 seconds over teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Enroute to becoming the winningest active driver at Talladega, Gordon has also shown the consistency of a four-time NASCAR champion. In 32 starts, Gordon has recorded 16 top-10 finishes for an average finishing position of 15.8.
Gordon has the possibility in 2009 to come within two victories of the late Dale Earhardt’s series leading 10 Talladega wins. To witness his attempt at catching history, race fans will have to be here on April 26th for the Aaron’s 499.
In 2009, Talladega Superspeedway proudly celebrates forty years of the most competitive racing in NASCAR. While the track has seen changes made to the cars that circle its high-banks, the surface that they race on and the grandstands that thousands of fans fill twice a year, one constant remains; Talladega Superspeedway is authentic NASCAR racing at its finest.
Race fans should make plans now to experience part of Talladega’s history in 2009 during the triple-header, Aaron’s Dream Weekend, April 24-26, featuring the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.