1994: Breakthrough Season

Season Recap

The season that put Jeff in the spotlight was 1994. Before the season, he announced his engagement to Brooke and finished fourth in the Daytona 500. However, through the first ten races of the 1994 season, he only had one top five finish. At Sears Point in early May, he broke a rear end gear on the car early in the race. Nobody could have expected what would happen in his next race. Jeff captured the pole position for the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte. It would be his first of five consecutive pole positions in the Coca Cola 600. In the race, Jeff stayed near the front all day. As the laps wound down, it was clear that the final pit stop would be made under green flag conditions. The leaders took four tires; Ray Evernham, crew chief of the DuPont Chevrolet, made the call for two tires. The two tire stop put Jeff in the lead and he won his first race. However, after the Coke 600, Jeff only had one top five finish through late July. Then came another breakthrough; and a big one at that. In the first NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a Pittsboro, Indiana kid named Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag in front of the hometown fans. The win thrust Jeff into the national spotlight. However, he had just two top five finishes the remainder of the season. The late season was highlighted by a controversial Mello Yello 500 at Charlotte. Ricky Rudd hit Jeff's car repeatedly on the frontstretch resulting in both cars hitting the wall. In the final season standings, Jeff finished eighth in points. Bristol was becoming a house of horrors. In his first two seasons, Jeff crashed in every Bristol race. For 1995, the goal was consistency. Consistency in every race was what the team was hoping for; and a top five finish in the points. They would get a lot more than that.

Daytona 50064
Goodwrench 500332
Pontiac 40083
Purolator 500178
Transouth 4001331
Food City 500422
First Union 4001215
Hanes 5001333
Winston Select 5004024
Save Mart 300637
Coca Cola 60011
Budweiser 500235
Miller 400712
Pepsi 400128
Slick 50 300239
Miller 50078
Diehard 5001531
Brickyard 40031
Bud at the Glen39
Goodwrench 400315
Goody's 5001232
Southern 50076
Miller 400132
Splitfire 5001211
Goody's 500611
Holly Farms 400128
Mello Yello 500528
AC Delco 5001529
Slick 50 500144
Hooters 500615

2 wins. 8th in points
Coca Cola 600
Brickyard 400

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