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Pure Michigan 400 2013: Will Jeff Gordon Wake Up in Time to Earn a Chase Berth?

At Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Jeff Gordon's car readily jumped between wild handling conditions. None of them ever seemed to be what the four-time series champion needed. The race itself was also far from what Gordon wanted or needed in his bid to score a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Sunday at Michigan wasn't good. At one point, Gordon radioed emphatically to his crew that the car felt like it had found a patch of ice. At another, he referred to the car's entry into Turn 3 as a "four-wheel slide." The car would also push. Then, without warning, it would snap loose. The result was the third-straight disheartening race for Gordon. His 17th-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 followed last week's dismal 36...

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