Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 8/31/14
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Jeff Gordon went into today’s Pennsylvania 400 with one thought in mind, needing to win. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase has placed a large emphasis on wins, and Gordon was without one until Sunday. Gordon, with help from a wreck and the elements captured a win in the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. The last time that the four time Sprint Cup Series champion won a race was the September 11, 2011 race at Atlanta. The way the NASCAR Chase is set up is the top ten drivers with the most points get in, and then the two wild card spots go to the drivers with the most wins. Kasey Kahne holds the first Wild Card spot with two wins. This win puts Gordon in the second Wild Card spot, ahead of Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano. Gordon and Newman are tied in the standings both with 611 points, but Gordon takes the spot because he has more top fives then Newman. Gordon and Newman have the same number of wins, seconds, thirds and fourths.  (Gordon with 4 top five finishes, Newman wit...
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