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How Do Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon Beat Jimmie Johnson When They Help Him?

Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and his drivers have always prided themselves on how well everyone works together. Teamwork and team cooperation between all four cars is a major part of working for the best team in NASCAR. Nowhere is that more evident than with HMS drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, who have become great friends through the years. On and off the racetrack the two are always together. Even during the Chase for the Championship and the final 10 races of the season, Gordon and Johnson always maintained their close relationship. Take, for example, Martinsville in 2007, when Jimmie Johnson was 43rd on the practice sheet. That Saturday night, crew chief Chad Knaus went to Jeff Gordon’s crew chief, Steve LeTarte, a...

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