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Chase Elliott Must Be Allowed to Forge His Own Path, Not Be the Next Jeff Gordon

When the green flag drops to begin the 2016 Daytona 500, there will be a new driver in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. It’former occupant, Jeff Gordon, will be sitting in a Fox Sports TV booth, while his successor, Chase Elliott, will make his official debut in Gordon’s old ride. And that’s where the similarity between the two should end. Other than sharing the same car number, Gordon and Elliott couldn’t be more different. Granted, Elliott does have some of the old-school elements that propelled Gordon to 93 wins and four Sprint Cup championships. But at the same time, we’re talking about two entirely different drivers from two separate generations. If fans believe Elliott will just be able to step...

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