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Same As He Ever Was: Why Jeff Gordon Is Still the Best in NASCAR

It was a picturesque scene in the makeshift victory lane for Jeff Gordon on a Sunday afternoon at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 18, 2001. NASCAR's greatest modern era star triumphed in his latest achievement when he was crowned that season's Winston Cup Champion, which would be his fourth title in his 10 seasons of racing. Gordon immersed himself in the moment, realizing that his team had exorcised the demons that haunted them for the past two years. From the departure of his longtime mentor, friend and crew chief Ray Evernham to the fallout of his original core crew, hoisting that fourth title had to be the ultimate icing in the cake in silencing the critics and naysayers. Sure, he won six races, led the most laps, and reestablished t...

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