Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 8/28/14
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You have heard it numerous times. You can not win a championship in race one but you can lose it. Jeff Gordon may have done just that when his car crashed into the wall at Chicagoland Speedway following a hung throttle. Gordon started 19th on Sunday and was running 4th when Gordon relayed the following information to his team. “We’re done, Throttle stuck.” Suddenly 187 laps into the first Chase race and already a driver may have been eliminated from contention. Just last weekend Gordon raced his way into the NASCAR Chase. His second place finish at Richmond earned him a spot as a wild car participant. A week later Gordon is the twelfth man on a twelve man list. It may not have been his fault but Jeff Gordon may already be out of the NASCAR title picture. Currently trailing by 47 points, Gordon would need a string of good luck to break out coupled with some poor finishes by those ahead of him. How bad was Gordon’s day at Chicagoland? He is 21 points behind Matt Kenseth who is e...
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