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Is This Jeff Gordon’s Best Chance at a Title Since 2001 Championship?

Jeff Gordon may come into this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the second seed, but he's likely No. 1 in the minds of his fans. Having won his fourth and last-to-date Cup championship in 2001, Gordon has been chasing his fifth career Cup crown—the so-called "Drive For Five"—for 13 seasons now. During that time, he's had good years and bad, even missing the Chase entirely in 2005, only to rebound to finish second two years later and third in 2009. He also finished third in the first year of the Chase's existence in 2004. But in the Chase's first 10 years, Gordon rarely showed the kind of drive, resilience and burning desire to win a title like he has in 2014. That leads us back to our original starting off point: Is thi...

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