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At the conclusion of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Jeff Gordon was 13th in the standings and out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Fortunately, for Gordon, after several days of NASCAR investigation into the actions of Michael Waltrip Racing, Gordon was added to the 2013 Chase as a 13th driver in the interest of fairness by NASCAR CEO, Brian France. Gordon appeared as if he would make into the Chase without an issue. Michael Waltrip Racing drivers, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers were involved in a scheme to manipulate the outcome of the race and get teammate Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase. A move that could have netted the team millions of dollars in incentives, and season ending point fund money. Gordon, whose performance had been steadily improving, now had a chance to prove that his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team deserved to be in the Chase. In 30 starts this season, Gordon has seven top-5’s and 15 top-10’s. Though, Gordon has not ...
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