HAMPTON, Ga. – Hard to believe it has been 20 years. Well, almost.
On Nov. 15, 1992, Jeff Gordon made his debut in NASCAR’s premier division at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet. Now, four championships, 86 victories and nearly 20 years later, Gordon returns to the site of his first start – a race marked by “The King” Richard Petty’s final start and a tight championship battle won by owner/driver Alan Kulwicki. The 21-year old mustached Gordon was merely a postscript that day, starting 21st and finishing 31st after being involved in an accident.
“I don’t remember too much about the weekend, but I do remember Richard walking through the garage with a huge number of fans with him,” said Gordon, who will drive the No. 24 DuPont “Performance Coatings” Chevrolet in Sunday’s AdvoCare 500. “And he gave us money clips with our starting position during the driver’s meeting – something I still have to this day.
“Other than that, not that memorable