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    RCCA Member Soon2b8x's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seba View Post
    That's not entirely true.

    Bill Davis racing had Target as a sponsor and everything else already lined up for Jeff to go Winston Cup racing in 1993. Jeff secretly made a deal behind everyone's back (his team, his sponsors, FORD) with Rick, who at that time didn't have anything in place for his new team. Dupont as a sponsor could only be secured several weeks after Rick had signed and announced Jeff as his new driver.
    It was a pretty big deal back then and produced lots of negative publicity for Jeff as it was viewed (rightfully so) as a really bad betrayal by Jeff to the ones that helped him get to and make it in the Busch Grand National Series.

    The Target deal fell through for BDR, when Jeff had to tell Bill, that he had signed elsewhere.

    Honestly a really bad way to start your Winston Cup career, but as we know now it worked out pretty well for Jeff and Rick, not so much for Bill, who still to this day, I believe, hasn't forgiven Jeff.
    thank you for the insight..I can see how this could put a blemish on his record for some..shocks me to learn this about Jeff..

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    Thanks for jogging my memory...lol. You are absolutely right, the Target deal was lined up & about to be finalized..but then again, at that time Bill didn't have Jeff under contract for 1993 & neither did Ford... Bill just assumed Jeff was going to stay on, but one day before the big meeting with Target, Gordon signed with Hendrick. That was in May & you're right again...DuPont wasn't signed until a few weeks later in June. One of Jeffs biggest stipulations was that his crew chief (Ray Evernham) on the Baby Ruth car move with him to cup. Jack Roush who also wanted Jeff flat out refused to bring Ray onboard, but Hendrick was good with that plan. I think it's a really a long story as to why Jeff went behind Bills back.. Andy Graves who met Jeff back in his midget days was his roommate & best friend(and he had gotten a job at Hendrick as a tire specialist)had a big influence on Jeffs decision, plus Ray Evernham went to Hendrick to check out the shop & fell in love when he saw the resources available.. He then goes back to Jeff & basically tells him you're a fool if you don't sign up.
    Yes, Jeff should have been honest with Bill about his plans, especially before they met with Target. It wasn't until after that meeting that Jeff told Bill in the elevator ride down that he had signed with Hendrick! That really ticked Bill & Ford off big time! It's all history now though... Jeff was young & although making a bad decision on how to communicate with Bill about his thoughts & potential plans, ended up making a good career decision..

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    Bill learned a valuable lesson about business and contracts then. Business is business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nascar24 View Post
    Thanks for jogging my memory...lol. You are absolutely right, the Target deal was lined up & about to be finalized..but then again, at that time Bill didn't have Jeff under contract for 1993 & neither did Ford... Bill just assumed Jeff was going to stay on, but one day before the big meeting with Target, Gordon signed with Hendrick. That was in May & you're right again...DuPont wasn't signed until a few weeks later in June. One of Jeffs biggest stipulations was that his crew chief (Ray Evernham) on the Baby Ruth car move with him to cup. Jack Roush who also wanted Jeff flat out refused to bring Ray onboard, but Hendrick was good with that plan. I think it's a really a long story as to why Jeff went behind Bills back.. Andy Graves who met Jeff back in his midget days was his roommate & best friend(and he had gotten a job at Hendrick as a tire specialist)had a big influence on Jeffs decision, plus Ray Evernham went to Hendrick to check out the shop & fell in love when he saw the resources available.. He then goes back to Jeff & basically tells him you're a fool if you don't sign up.
    Yes, Jeff should have been honest with Bill about his plans, especially before they met with Target. It wasn't until after that meeting that Jeff told Bill in the elevator ride down that he had signed with Hendrick! That really ticked Bill & Ford off big time! It's all history now though... Jeff was young & although making a bad decision on how to communicate with Bill about his thoughts & potential plans, ended up making a good career decision..
    Yep Jack Roush turned his nose up to Gordon, Gordon turned his nose to Bill Davis and the rest is history. And yes it's an awful blemish. But part of his history.

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