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However, former Formula One driver Jackie Stewart offered Gordon a test drive in Europe, in what Gordon assumed was Formula Three or Formula 3000; Gordon did not perform the test due to being in contact with NASCAR.In 1990 Gordon met Hugh Connerty, who owned some Hooters restaurants and was also a partner in Outback Steakhouse.

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He was born in Vallejo, California, to parents Carol Ann Bickford (née Houston) and William Grinnell Gordon, of Vacaville, California.

Gordon's mother and biological father divorced when he was six months old.

Broad St.) - the first stop on their North American tour.

Thanks to my buddy Steve Christini, owner of Philadelphia-based Christini All Wheel Drive motorcycles, I met backstage with Canadian-born Jolene Van Vugt, a/k/a "Nitro Girl," the first woman in history to ever backflip a dirt bike.

The minimum age for driving the sprint cars was 16, and his persistence paid off with an all Florida speed weeks.

Supporting his career choice, Gordon's family moved from Vallejo, California, to Pittsboro, Indiana, where there were more opportunities for younger racers.

His first Busch race came on October 20, 1990 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in the AC-Delco 200. Gordon would however, get involved in a wreck on lap 33. In 19, Gordon began racing in the Busch Series full-time, driving Ford Thunderbirds for Bill Davis Racing.

In his first year as a Busch driver he won Rookie of the Year.

He is third on the all-time Cup wins list with 93 career wins, the most in NASCAR's modern era (1972–present).

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