CONCORD, N.C. – This Friday, Jeff Gordon will officially be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2019.
When Gordon received word of the Hall of Fame honor back in May, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion said he was “still trying to process” the news.
He said that remains the case months later.
“As soon as I was made aware that this honor was coming, I started thinking about my career and how it all started and how fortunate I’ve been to meet the people that I’ve met, to be behind the wheel of the race cars that I’ve driven, to be aligned with the teams that I have – all the memories that have come along,” Gordon said.
From his very first Cup Series race in 1992 to his final one in 2016, there have certainly been plenty of memories along the way – not to mention 93 wins, 81 poles, 325 top-five finishes, 477 top-10s and four championships.
Over that span, he accumulated 805 starts, including a record 797 consecutively. He won at least one race in 20 different seasons, which is tied for the second-most in Cup Series history.
“It seems like it was just yesterday, but, honestly, it just blows my mind when I think back of how long I’ve been doing this and the success I’ve been able to have and the memories I’ve been able to make,” Gordon said. “Being inducted into the Hall of a Fame is a way, really, for me to reflect on what NASCAR and what racing has meant to my life.”
The induction ceremony for the NASCAR Hall of Fame class of 2019 will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 1. It will be broadcast live on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.