Evernham pushed envelope with T-Rex Chevrolet

Is there a difference between cheating and innovation in NASCAR? Ray Evernham wasn't so sure after he and Rex Stump created a car that pushed the limit of every gray area in the rulebook.

Updated: August 9, 2007, 12:22 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ray Evernham still laughs when people claim the T-Rex Chevrolet that Jeff Gordon drove to victory in the 1997 Winston All-Star race was illegal.

"That car had no cheating on it," said Evernham, then Gordon's crew chief at Hendrick Motorsports. "That car was built by what the rules were, and it never became illegal until after The Winston when NASCAR wrote rules to make the car illegal."

The car in large part was the engineering marvel of ...

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