For Jeff Gordon, 13 is a lucky number.
After nearly a week of deliberation, NASCAR made the unprecedented decision Friday to add the four-time champion to the 2013 Chase for the Championship field.
"Due to the totality of the events that were outside of Jeff Gordon's issues, we're going to add a 13th position to the field and Jeff Gordon will qualify for the championship this year," NASCAR Chairman Brian France said in an afternoon press conference. "We believe that looking at all of it that there were too many things that altered the event and a gave an unfair disadvantage to Jeff and his team who would have qualified.
"I have the authority to do that, we are going to do that. It's an unprecedented and extraordinary thing, but it's also an unprecedented and extraordinary set of circumstances that unfolded in multiple different ways on Saturday night. We believe this is the right outcome to protect the integrity -- which is our number one goal -- of NASCAR."
Gordon was running s...