PHOENIX Skewing more toward the battle cry of a life coach than the confident resolve of a NASCAR superstar, Jeff Gordon served up this positive declaration:
After Saturday, anythings possible.
Before Saturday, however, the potential for a Gordon visit to Phoenix this week certainly seemed like a longshot. But with NASCAR committed to dispatching a Chase for the Cup qualifier to each host city in its upcoming version of the sprint car playoffs, the four-time series champion was obliged to hit town as part of the mediafan promotion on Tuesday.
To earn the right to serve as NASCAR's goodwill ambassador in Phoenix (where this seasons next-to-last Chase event occurs Nov. 11), all that was required of Gordon was to erase Kyle Busch's 12-point advantage in the standings in Saturday night's final pre-Chase race at Richmond.
With nothing easy in a normal NASCAR race, Gordons quest to make the Chase was abetted by handling difficulty in the first half of the race that left him a lap dow...