Jeff Gordon has firmly established his legacy as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. Gordon‘s driving career is full of many memorable moments. With that in mind, the NASCAR Hall of Famer believes that one notable crash is his worst wreck.
Jeff Gordon’s illustrious NASCAR career
After entering the NASCAR Cup Series as a full-time driver in 1993, Jeff Gordon quickly elevated to superstar status.
Gordon garnered much success throughout his professional driving career with four Cup Series championships, 93 Cup Series wins, and 477 top-ten finishes over a 25-year career. He finished inside the top five in the Cup Series point standings 11 times and won two Daytona 500 races.
Gordon is currently third in all-time Cup Series wins and pole positions (81) while completing three career grand slams. The 48-year-old also experienced some scary moments on the track, including what he still believes is his worst crash.
Jeff Gordon’s worst NASCAR crash isn’t what you’d think
Throughout Jeff Gordon’s illustrious NASCAR career, he has had his share of scary moments on the track.
During an interview with Larry King on Larry King Now in 2014, Gordon voiced that he believes his 2006 crash at Pocono Raceway was his worst wreck.
“One time, I crashed at Pocono with severe impact, and it was a loss of brakes,” Gordon recalled. “I hit the wall probably harder than I have ever hit a wall. I was definitely not myself, but I wasn’t knocked unconscious.
“So I went to the infield care center, and they said I could go. Then somebody came in, and they had data recorded that checks the amount of G levels you made the impact with. Then they said ‘Woah wait a minute. Stay here.’
Gordon added that he then passed the memory test they presented him but still sent him to a hospital in New York to scan his brain. He voiced that the Receptionist that checked him for his exam was surprised that he was physically fine after crashing into a wall at more than 180 mph.
The accident occurred after his car brakes give out, and his vehicle spun around to the driver’s side, hitting the wall first in Turn 1. The four-time Cup Series champion made it through that situation without any further serious concerns, but that wasn’t the last time he experienced a rough wreck.
Some believe his crash at Watkins Glen in 2012 involving Sam Hornish Jr. and Jeff Burton is his most brutal accident. Gordon also managed to luckily walk away from it despite hitting the wall at a high speed.
Future remains tied to NASCAR
Since filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to finish the 2016 season, Jeff Gordon hasn’t gotten behind the wheel on the NASCAR track.
However, Gordon continues to remain around the sport as an analyst and tv personality for Fox Sports coverage. He is also a part-owner of Hendrick Motorsports, which keeps him around his passion in a significant capacity.
Gordon may be dealing with a lingering back issue that contributed to his retirement in 2015, but he’s been quite fortunate to avoid any other major injuries. He has been able to live a normal life with his family and postcareer ventures.
The 48-year-old figures to stay around NASCAR for many years to come as one of its prominent voices and advocates for the sport.