Jeff Gordon still has the special memento from his first race in what is now NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
Gordon’s debut in that 1992 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway also happened to be the final race for NASCAR’s winningest driver, Richard Petty. To mark the occasion, during the drivers’ meeting that day the King gave each of his fellow competitors a money clip inscribed with his name and starting position.
With Gordon preparing for his final race in pursuit of his fifth season championship, he received a visit Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway from the seven-time champion bearing two gifts.
To thank Gordon for his contributions to the sport,...