Cecil Gordon : biography
Cecil Gordon (June 21, 1941 – September 19, 2012) was an American stock car racing driver. A competitor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series between 1968 and 1985, he competed in 449 events without winning a race.
Career as driver
Gordon drove in the NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series, for 17 years and drove in a total of 449 races. He never won and never got a pole, but got 25 top fives, 111 top tens. He finished third in points in 1971 and 1973. He completed 112,908 laps and only led 23 of them. By the end of his career, he had earned $940,000. His average finish for his entire career was 17.3. Racing Champions released a replica of 1969 Mercury Cyclone in 1992 and later in 1998 in honor of NASCAR's 50th anniversary.
Career as owner
He started racing in Henley Gray and Bill Seifert cars. He generally raced in his own car beginning in 1970. He had a few other racers make an occasional start for him. He raced GM products (mostly Chevrolet vehicles) until the end of 1982 when he crashed out his Buick Regal. He purchased a Chrysler Imperial at the beginning of 1983 from the defunct Negre Bros. Racing team and managed to qualify for eight races during that season, though he only finished five of them. His best finish was 15th that year in the Imperial. He also had Jim VanDiver drive the car in two races. At the end of that year he sold the Imperial to Buddy Arrington and drove a few races for other owners in 1984 and 1985.
Career as crewman
Following the end of his career as a driver and owner, Gordon worked for other racing teams as a crewman, first for Richard Childress Racing, and then later for Travis Carter Enterprises.
Gordon is not related to four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, although ironically, drove the number as Gordon for the most of his career (24).
Gordon, who was married with four children, died on September 19, 2012 in Lexington, North Carolina.
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