“Jeff couldn’t race in California. He was pretty much outgrown quarter dwarfs,” Jeff Gordon’s stepfather recalls of how his son ended up racing in NASCAR

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Jeff Gordon and his stepfather John Bickford

Jeff Gordon who is currently the Vice President to the Henrik Motorsport also a former professional stock car racer who drove the #24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in the United States NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Sprint Cup Series known today as the NASCAR Cup Series and he also drove the #88 Chevrolet part-time for HMS in 2016 as a backup Dale Earnhardt Sr. If need be, and speaking of which, Gordon shouldn’t even be entering stock car races that his stepfather spilled tea over.

John Bickford, Jeff Gordon’s stepfather was the only reason behind him getting into racing and he was pushed by Bickford to compete in racing events. Jeff Gordon soon became a legend in the sport, winning four NASCAR Cup Series championships while also becoming the youngest driver to win one with his first in 1995, and then he won that too Daytona 500 three times along with winning the Coca-Cola 600 three times and he also took home four Brickworks 400 trophies and six Southern 500 Trophies.

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“Let’s move to Indiana. We want to compete in the Indianapolis 500 one day,” Jeff Gordon’s stepfather had no intention of driving him in NASCAR as he was aiming for the Indy 500

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Jeff Gordon celebrates his first Cup Series championship win in 1995

Jeff Gordon was pushed into the racing field by his stepfather, John Bickford, but once he started competing in the Quarter Midgets, he was too old and too good for them, resulting in his being no longer in California and them Renn drove moved to Florida to race in a sprint car, which to him was very different from the Quarter Dwarfs, and he actually did a pretty impressive job there.

“Jeff couldn’t race in California. He had pretty much outgrown quarter dwarfs. We’ve always had the theory that we should learn, not teach. And if you’re winning all the time, you’re a teacher, not a learner. We went for sprint cars, there was nothing between a quarter midget and a sprint car that you could do without being at least 16 years old. So we built a sprint car, went to Florida in 1985 and a lot of people thought it did a really good job.” said Jeff Gordon’s stepfather, John Bickford.

He further added by saying that they put all the faith in her and went to the race King’s Speedway where they qualified and Gordon soon attracted a lot of attention and started receiving calls from sponsors and promoters and owners, one of whom happened to be one Cary Agajanian who pointed out that the required driving age is 18, but he was only 13 at the time, making it impossible for him to drive.

“We immediately gained a lot of confidence, came home and got to do a hot lap at Kings Speedway and qualify, and the phones started ringing. And the other call was basically Cary Agajanianfamous lawyer, promoter and car owner, and some people are like, ‘John, he’s not 18, man. At 16 maybe. But at most tracks you have to be 18 to race. added Jeff Gordon’s stepfather.

He ended by saying that they moved to Indiana to drive Jeff at the Indy 500 when he was old enough and they moved there but they needed $5 million for a sprint car and they were told that buck baker was the person who could help them with a stock car, and that’s how Jeff Gordon got into stock car racing and he’s never looked back.

“You know what? If we can put some stuff together, let’s move to Indiana. We want to run the Indianapolis 500 one day. Let’s get as close to all the racers as we can, and we’ll race sprint cars, and when we grow old hopefully we’ll be ready to find a ride at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and then Hugh Connerty came along. Hugh was a friend of Buck Baker’s and he was there and he said, ‘Jeff, I really think you car I’m hiring you to drive my car,’ and that’s pretty much the story.” joined Jeff Gordon’s stepfather, John Bickford.

Without John Bickford, Jeff Gordon’s stepfather, stock car racing would never have seen the legend on the track.

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