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Gordon, a boy and his car

Updated: June 25, 2007, 9:09 AM ET
By Mike Puma | Special to ESPN.com

"Jeff has been one of those people who changed what a race car driver is. Look at Richard Petty. Look at Dale Earnhardt. Look at Cale Yarborough. Then look at Jeff Gordon. That's not the same picture. Jeff helped bring mainstream young America in to our sport," says driver Jeff Burton on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

He accomplished more in a racecar before age 30 than all but a few drivers have achieved in their careers. The first driver to reach $80 million in earnings, ...

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