Originally written May 11, 2013 on Fox Sports:
The driver once known as "Wonder Boy" will make his 700th consecutive Sprint Cup start this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Jeff Gordon, 41, holds the record among active athletes for most consecutive starts in U.S. professional sports at 699. Bobby Labonte, 49, is second with 698 consecutive races. Among stick and ball athletes, Jay Bouwmeester of the St. Louis Blues tops the chart. He played in his 636th straight game in Friday night's playoff game against the Los Angeles Kings. "It's hard to imagine he's the iron man in the sport, isn't it?" Mark Martin said. "What an incredible career he's had." With four Sprint Cup championships and 87 victories, third on the all-time win list behind Richard Petty and David Pearson, Gordon remains among NASCAR's elite. And when he straps into the No. 24 Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night, Gordon also will be one race closer to reaching the series record of 789 consecutive st...

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