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From ‘SNL’ to Last Shot at NASCAR Glory: Jeff Gordon the Ultimate Crossover Star

Jeff Gordon dances across the Saturday Night Live stage. He’s wearing a fake handlebar mustache, a mullet wig and a T-shirt that says, “1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor.” He strums on an air guitar, punctuates his speech with karate chops and flits around as “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band plays. That Jeff Gordon—the one on the screen—somehow keeps a straight face. This Jeff Gordon—the one standing in the trophy room in his house on a recent Wednesday morning—cracks up as he watches his appearance on SNL. The difference between that loosey-goosey Gordon and this perfect-posture Gordon, who will run the final race of his magnificent career Sunday, is so striking, it appears that ...

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