Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 9/1/14

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 04: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 4, 2010 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Contenders and pretenders from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase began to separate weeks ago. The top of the standings has remained in tack for two weeks now while the bottom half has lost pace. The exception may be Jeff Gordon. Gordon finished second during Sunday’s race at Talladega. The problem is Gordon is having to dig himself out of a huge hole created during the Chase opening race at Chicagoland. Finishing second moved Gordon to 42 points behind points leader Brad Keselowski. On Sunday his second place finish coupled with Keselowski’s finish of seventh allowed the four time champion to gain six points. Following Chicagoland Gordon was 47 points out of the Chase lead. He is now 42 points behind. In three races Gordon has made up a stunning 5 points on the Chase leader. During that time Gordon has finished third and second twice. Again, Gordon made up a staggering 5 points. Imagine the deficit had Gordon been involved in the big one. Gordon’s run and the difficulty he has experienced...
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