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Darkness Falls on the Sprint Cup Chase as Jeff Gordon Gets His Elusive Victory

Imagine a lone rose growing in a wasteland, its stem curling through a tangle of rusted metal. Jeff Gordon's stirring victory at Martinsville Speedway was an iconic moment at the end of an untidy affair. It was akin to ending a war with milk and cookies. The knife fight had a classy ending. Gordon, an all-time great retiring at season's end, turned all sentimental in Victory Lane, celebrating in the arms of his loving wife and two fetching children. "This is the sweetest, most amazing feeling," Gordon said to NBC Sports after his first victory of the season and 93rd of his career. What might be the last victory of his Sprint Cup career was his ninth at Martinsville and placed him in the final four drivers who will go to the Ford EcoBoost 4...

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