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September 9, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
In his nearly 20-year career driving in NASCAR's top series, Jeff Gordon has won four championships, 86 races (third highest in the sport), $127 million in race purses and millions more in endorsements. But as long as the 41-year-old Gordon is in a race car, all that matters is winning the next race or capturing the next title. And that was wholly evident this weekend at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Gordon needed a strong finish in Saturday night's race to snag the 12th and final berth in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup, its 10-race championship playoff that starts next week.
April 27, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND - For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the kind of Saturday night short-track atmosphere so many fans crave, and even threw in a good fistfight afterward. Joey Logano emerged victorious in a multi-car battle for the checkered flag over the final laps, with Jeff Gordon second, Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
November 12, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR levied a stiff fine on Jeff Gordon for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer and helping trigger a wild brawl among their crews Sunday in Phoenix, but Gordon was not suspended for the season's last race this weekend. Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 Sprint Cup Series championship points, although Gordon - a four-time champion - already had been eliminated from title contention. Brad Keselowski has a 20-point lead over Jimmie Johnson heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.)
January 26, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
For any social group, with age often comes prestige. At the Newport Harbor Yacht Club - the oldest yacht club in Newport Beach - it also brings a crumbling building. For at least a decade, a club committee has tried to find a way to address the issues that arise with a facility that is about as old as the 98-year-old club itself. The proposed solution is to replace the existing two-story building with a new structure - one that looks nearly the same but larger. The Planning Commission approved the new project last week.
March 26, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Any sport is ultimately all about the numbers, right? Here's Jeff Gordon -- four-time winner of what's now called the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, three-time Daytona 500 winner, first driver to reach $100 million in series winnings -- and all I really want to say to him is, "Wow! 190 miles an hour! Wow!" The California-born Gordon is one of the second-generation stars of NASCAR, and on Sunday, he brings his No. 24 car to Fontana's Auto Club Speedway, where he's won before, to try to shake out a little more gold from the Golden State.
March 14, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  This post has been corrected. See below. A viral video featuring a new ad for Pepsi swept the Internet on Wednesday. In it, Jeff Gordon supposedly goes undercover to buy a car. Walking onto a lot, he asks a salesperson whether he can test drive a 2009 Camaro. Then he gives the terrified salesman the test drive of his life. You can watch it all above. Problem: Despite what most news outlets reported, the whole test drive was staged. The salesman is an actor. It wasn't an actual hidden camera look at a "Candid Camera" style prank.
November 12, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  An ugly scene took place Sunday when the crews of Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer came to blows after Gordon put Bowyer's car into the wall during the AdvoCare 500 in Avondale, Ariz. As Times NASCAR writer Jim Peltz wrote , "By the time the smoke literally cleared and Kevin Harvick had won the race, the sellout crowd of 87,000 had witnessed the following: " - Jeff Gordon being shoved away for his safety as his crew members and those of Clint Bowyer brawled in the garage after Gordon intentionally wrecked Bowyer.
September 3, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, was angry with himself after finishing second to Denny Hamlin in Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon is currently on the outside of the Chase for the Cup points standings, in which the top 10 drivers automatically qualify for a 10-race playoff while two wild-card drivers are selected based on wins and points. All other Sprint Cup drivers are just circling the track during those races with no hopes of winning the series championship, although they can still pick up the winner's paycheck.
April 26, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Of all people. Brief feuds between NASCAR drivers break out routinely, but Jeff Gordon versus Jimmie Johnson? What makes their current tiff so compelling is not just that they're friends, teammates at Hendrick Motorsports, but that Gordon helped launch Johnson's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career and that Gordon owns Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet, although that would be enough. Their quarrel also stands out because Gordon and Johnson often are listed as Examples A and B in the modern version of Cup racing that annoys some fans, where buttoned-down drivers generally stick to politically correct public comments that won't upset sponsors, fans and teammates.
July 28, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Indianapolis — It's enough to make NASCAR fans do a double-take, but driver Jeff Gordon — the one-time "Wonderboy" of stock-car racing — turns 40 next week. Before he celebrates his birthday Aug. 4, however, Gordon will try to boost his record of four wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with another victory Sunday in the Brickyard 400. As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the famed 21/2 -mile rectangular track, Gordon — a two-time winner this season — is seventh in the championship standings with seven races left before NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff.
October 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend's motor racing, including NASCAR's races at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and NHRA drag racing at Las Vegas, five things come to mind: Darrell Wallace Jr. will probably win another race soon. Wallace, 20, became only the second African American driver to win a NASCAR national series event with his victory Saturday in the truck race at Martinsville. Wallace already was highly touted before Martinsville, and the expectations weighed heavily on him. Now that he's armed with the confidence of knowing he can reach Victory Lane, watch for Wallace to be gunning for a second win either in the three remaining truck races this year -- at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami -- or early next season.
September 30, 2013
Looking back at Sunday's motor-racing action, including NASCAR's Chase for the Cup at Dover and NHRA drag-racing at St. Louis, five things come to mind: -- Wouldn't it be something if Jeff Gordon won the Chase? Gordon, of course, got into the title playoff only because of executive fiat. NASCAR Chairman Brian France added Gordon to the 12-driver Chase on grounds that race-manipulation shenanigans by other teams prevented the four-time champion from earning a spot. Now, after Gordon finished fourth at Dover (Del.)
September 7, 2013 | By Marty O'Brien
Carl Edwards won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday and finished as the Sprint Cup Series regular-season points leader as NASCAR heads into its 10-race Chase, starting Sept. 15 at Chicagoland. Edwards' victory was almost a footnote as the 400-lap race settled the final five spots in the 12-driver Chase. Two of those Chase berths were settled with no mystery, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle solidified comparatively safe positions among the top 10 automatic qualifiers.
September 6, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season. His lap pushed Kurt Busch to the outside of the front row, increasing the tension once the green flag drops Saturday night for the 400-lap race. Busch is 10th in points, and the top 10 after Saturday night's race earn automatic berths in the 10-race playoffs to finish the season.
September 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
With one race left until NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff starts, seven drivers so far are guaranteed to be part of the 10-race championship hunt. Five spots remain open in the 12-driver Chase, and several drivers - including reigning champion Brad Keselowski and four-time champion Jeff Gordon - are among those who still have a shot at earning a Chase berth. It will all be decided Saturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, a 0.75-mile oval that serves as the stepping stone to the first Chase race the following weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. "I've said all along that I think [the Chase field]
September 1, 2013 | By George Diaz
HAMPTON, Ga. - In a feisty and long night Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch won the AdvoCare 500. The next-to-last race before the Chase field is set greatly ratcheted up the pressure - and the stakes - for drivers on the bubble. It set up a wild night in Richmond, Va., come Saturday, with five spots open for the postseason Chase for the Championship. Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards are locked in, and Kasey Kahne will take one of the two guaranteed two wild-card slots by virtue of his two victories.
June 17, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Sonoma, Calif. — If there's one track where Jeff Gordon would seem poised to break his frustrating winless streak in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, it would be Infineon Raceway. With a record five wins at Infineon, Gordon is the top Cup driver at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile track nestled in the wine country not far from Gordon's hometown of Vallejo. Gordon will try for a sixth victory Sunday when the series returns for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, one of the series' two races on snake-like road courses.
August 5, 2013 | wire reports
Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Kahne had the car to beat for the final half of Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race until a late caution bunched up the field. Gordon, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, took the lead and seemed poised to win his first race of the season. After the final caution, Kahne was strong enough this time off the restart in the No. 5 Chevrolet.
August 5, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
1. The battle to get into NASCAR's Chase for the Cup remains as tight as ever. Twelve drivers qualify for the 10-race playoff: the top 10 in points after 26 races along with two wild-card drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points. With five races left until the Chase starts, only 15 points separate Tony Stewart in 11th place, Brad Keselowski (12th), Kurt Busch (13th) and Martin Truex Jr. (14th). But only Stewart and Truex have wins so far this season. 2. Look for the "race to the Chase" get even tighter this weekend.
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