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Is Jeff Gordon’s Sprint Cup Career on the Decline?

If Jeff Gordon retired tomorrow, he would undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest drivers of his generation and, quite possibly, one of the greatest of all time.His numbers are nothing short of astounding: 86 victories, third on the all-time list behind Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105). 291 top-five and 405 top-10 finishes in 676 career starts. 76 poles. 23,014 laps led. Four Brickyard 400 victories and three Daytona 500 victories. Only two points finishes outside the top 10 between 1993 and 2010.  Of course, the most important number of all is four: Gordon is a four-time Sprint Cup champion (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001)—more than anyone else in history not named Petty, Earnhardt or Johnson.If Gordon retired tomorrow, th...

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