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Southern 500 at Darlington 2013: Tracing Jeff Gordon’s Ageless Excellence

Every element of why Jeff Gordon remains a competitive NASCAR threat at in his 22nd season shone bright in Saturday night's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway—a timeless venue in and of itself.There was Gordon, sliding by 28-year-old Kyle Busch for third and putting pressure on 33-year-old Denny Hamlin in second with the checkered flag in sight, battling to the very end of the four-hour, 500-mile race in his 700th consecutive start.It was NASCAR's youngest four-time champion in classic form, performing like the kids while in the sport's elder statesman role into which he's naturally transcended.Gordon now owns a whopping 300 career top-five finishes in NASCAR's top division to go with his 87 career wins. Each are achievements testamen...

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