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NASCAR Then and Now: Jeff Gordon Wins First Cup Championship in 1995

It was the year in which NASCAR truly entered the world of pop culture and mainstream media as a blossoming sport with spectator turnouts only rivaled by the NFL. Sports Illustrated finally gave the sports its well-earned attention by spotlighting a race weekend that summer, in which a new face emerged to the forefront as a Cup racing superstar. At the time, the sport was dominated by the likes of seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, who was arguably the man who gave fits to guys like Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott, and Ricky Rudd. No matter what those drivers threw at "The Intimidator," the No. 3 Goodwrench Chevy team simply turned up their performances two notches, often winning or placing consistently within t...

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