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Connerty secured some sponsorship for a car through Outback, and they tested for the last few Busch Grand National races left in 1990.Ray Evernham was called in to work with Gordon in his stock car debut. Gordon ran the second fastest lap during qualifying and started on the outside of the front row of the field.Before the age of 18, Gordon had already won three short-track races and was awarded USAC Midget Car Racing Rookie of the Year in 1989.That season was highlighted by winning Night Before the 500 midget car race on the day before the Indianapolis 500.By the age of six Gordon had won 35 main events and set five track records.Gordon and his family had to overcome an insurance hurdle.He watched NASCAR Winston Cup races and got me hooked on watching every Sunday." Q. "There is nothing like showing up on a Sunday looking across the parking lot at all the people and flags of all the different drivers.Also, the fact that everybody is so nice, even if your favorite driver isn’t their favorite.
In his first year as a Busch driver he won Rookie of the Year.
It’s like no other sport." Q: Do you have any favorite NASCAR memories or traditions?
"1998 when Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 and every pit member on every team came onto pit road to congratulate him and the Daytona 500 race when Sterling Marlin was winning the race and got out of his car during a red flag to pull a dent out of his front fender.
1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 Winston Cup Series Champion2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall winner 1991 USAC Silver Crown Series Champion1990 USAC National Midget Series Champion1997, 1999, 2005 Daytona 500 Winner1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014 Brickyard 400 Winner1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2007 Southern 500 Winner1994, 1997, 1998 Coca-Cola 600 Winner1995, 1997, 2001 Sprint All-Star Race Winner1994, 1997 Advance Auto Parts Clash Winner 1993 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year1991 Busch Series Rookie of the Year2009 National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee2009 Silver Buffalo Award recipient2012 Heisman Humanitarian Award recipient Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)2018 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee See other awards and honors below (born August 4, 1971) is an American former professional stock car racing driver, currently an announcer for Fox NASCAR, and a top executive for Hendrick Motorsports. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 23 full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons between 19, and served as a substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in select races during the 2016 season.
Gordon started his professional racing career in the Busch Series with Hugh Connerty Racing, followed by Bill Davis Racing, winning three races, and began racing full-time in the Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports in 1993.