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Old 01-31-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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Default Jeff Gordon at 5 in an open wheel

Sure we all know Jeff got his start in open wheel but how many know he was given his frist race car at the age of 4?
He only could practice in that car untill he was the mature age of 5.
Thought maybe some would enjoy pics of those early years. These come from old trading cards I have.
The full size Pepesi Midget is from 1989 when he won his very first Midget main at 18.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: Jeff Gordon at 5 in an open wheel

Jeff was a heck of a midget driver.

I wish quarter midgets still looked like that. They had a much style back then.
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Default Re: Jeff Gordon at 5 in an open wheel

Hey guys,
What about this footage of a 15 year old Jeff Gordon racing sprintcars in Perth Western Australia in 1987.


http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...LQZaExiX-gtPjA
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:55 PM   #4
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Default Re: Jeff Gordon at 5 in an open wheel

The little track Jeff started at was right around the corner from here in Rio Linda, basically Sacramento. I think it is a 1/20TH mile track. I worked with some folks whose kids raced with Jeff back in the day.

The track almost shut down a few years ago and I believe Jeff was very much a part of helping to keep it open.

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I first saw Jeff on either Thursday Night,or Saturday Night Thunder. He was sixteen at the time. He ran over the rear wheel of a lapped car, on the backstrech, and went way up on his outside two wheels. But, he never let off, and won the race. From that point on, I was a fan. We will see him if Phoenix for the March race.



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This clip sounds just like the action described above!

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...05gmTpeXo9sk8A
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Default Re: Jeff Gordon at 5 in an open wheel

WOW, That is awesome... Thanks Bob



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This clip sounds just like the action described above!

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...05gmTpeXo9sk8A
I remember watching that live. There is no denying what an amazing talent that kid was/is. Too bad he doesn't still jump in a open wheel car now and then. I really think it helps to keep you sharp.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:00 PM   #9
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I was at Belleville in 1990 when he won....er, cruised to victory, he lapped every car in the 40 lap main event except 2nd place, Steve Knepper(a 2 time Belleville champ). Stan Fox (2 time Belleville champ) was 3rd, Chuck Gurney (1989 Belleville champ) was 4th, Tommy White (1986 champ) was 8th. Just to let you know of the talent that got lapped that night, Dean Billings many time Wisconsin midget champ, Rick Hood sprint car legend, Jerry Coons Jr, Dave Strickland Jr, Keith Rauch, P.J. Jones, all these dudes were lapped, some of them more than once. Jeff was 19 and destroyed guys who had spent a lifetime in midgets, and had been going to Belleville for years (it was the first time he ever set eyes on that track). It was amazing, after the race my wife said, "Well if that's the way it's going to be here, I'm not coming back" (speaking of Belleville). I said, "Don't worry, Jeff Gordon isn't coming back either", guess I was right! Not to start a argument, but most drivers in NASCAR, and Indy car, today, would pee their pants trying to follow Jeff Gordon at Belleville in a midget.
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I was at Belleville in 1990 when he won....er, cruised to victory, he lapped every car in the 40 lap main event except 2nd place, Steve Knepper(a 2 time Belleville champ). Stan Fox (2 time Belleville champ) was 3rd, Chuck Gurney (1989 Belleville champ) was 4th, Tommy White (1986 champ) was 8th. Just to let you know of the talent that got lapped that night, Dean Billings many time Wisconsin midget champ, Rick Hood sprint car legend, Jerry Coons Jr, Dave Strickland Jr, Keith Rauch, P.J. Jones, all these dudes were lapped, some of them more than once. Jeff was 19 and destroyed guys who had spent a lifetime in midgets, and had been going to Belleville for years (it was the first time he ever set eyes on that track). It was amazing, after the race my wife said, "Well if that's the way it's going to be here, I'm not coming back" (speaking of Belleville). I said, "Don't worry, Jeff Gordon isn't coming back either", guess I was right! Not to start a argument, but most drivers in NASCAR, and Indy car, today, would pee their pants trying to follow Jeff Gordon at Belleville in a midget.
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