Youth Is Served
Feb. 16, 1997 - When Jeff Gordon won the Daytona 500, he became the race's youngest winner at 25 years and six months.
"I want to be in this sport a long time," Gordon said, "so I don't pay much attention to age. I just know it's going to hurt some day when the young guys start passing me."
He averaged 148.295 miles per hour in a race marred by eight caution flags covering 29 laps. On the 111th lap, Gordon appeared in trouble when his right rear tire almost went flat. After a pit stop in which he had all four tires replaced, Gordon moved methodically toward the lead, with the help of caution flags.
Ten laps from the finish, Dale Earnhardt slammed into a wall after Gordon passed him on the inside. The two were battling for second place at the time. "What I did didn't cause him to have a wreck," Gordon said.
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