Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/6/13
A week ago, Jeff Gordon was being widely trumpeted as a legitimate contender for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. Today, the Hendrick Motorsports driver isn't even in the discussion. How quickly one week and, more specifically, one race can change everything. After jumping to third in the standings and pulling within 27 points of the series lead with a win at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27, Gordon tumbled to sixth following a tire failure and 38th-place finish in last Sunday's AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The four-time Sprint Cup Series champion now sits 69 points behind first-place teammate Jimmie Johnson entering this Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, host to the penultimate race of the 2013 season. But as different as Gordon's championship outlook is now versus pre-Texas, the veteran driver vows that his approach won't really change. "Our primary goal always stays the same: That's that you go to the race to win the pole, win the race, accu...
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