When it comes to NASCAR Sprint Cup championship storylines, the best ones are those so outrageous that you couldn't make them up if you tried.
Who would have believed low-buck independent racer Alan Kulwicki would stage an incredible stretch run to win the 1992 Sprint Cup championship by leading one more lap than Bill Elliott in the final race of the season at Atlanta?
How remarkable was it that in the last race of the 2004 season, Kurt Busch lost a wheel, missed the pit wall by inches and stayed on the lead lap to narrowly edge Jimmie Johnson for the title?
And after posting no victories and just three top-five finishes in the 26-race, 2011 Sprint Cup regular season, how improbable was it that Tony Stewart would win five of the 10 races in Chase for the Sprint Cup, tie Carl Edwards in points and win the championship in a tiebreaker?
You just can't make up storylines like that.
No one would believe them.
Which brings us to Jeff Gordon.
Gordon, the four-time Sprint Cup champio...