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Is NASCAR Facing a Star Power Crisis?

Empires rise and fall. Heroes get older. One generation inevitably replaces another. Jeff Gordon didn't go out as Cinderella but rather as the Prince. Now he will move on to the even more daunting task of finding enough oxygen to breathe in the same Fox Sports television booth as Darrell Waltrip. The NASCAR great retired after finishing sixth in the Sprint Cup season's final race on November 22. At age 44, Gordon was one of four finalists in the title Chase, finishing third behind Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, who finished first and second, respectively, in the race and Chase, respectively. At the Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet on December 4 in Las Vegas, Gordon said, "Now, I've had a lot of people this year ask me why not just one ...

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