Gordon's patient approach earns sixth Talladega victory

Jeff Gordon has won 80 races in his career. It's safe to say the Chase leader never put together a winning formula quite like the one he had at Talladega on Sunday, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: October 7, 2007, 9:53 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Sandbagging, playing possum, call it whatever you wish.

Jeff Gordon fooled everyone Sunday, coasting around in the back most of the day and patiently waiting for his moment to shine.

It came with half a lap to go in the UAW-Ford 500. Gordon pulled to the fastest line at just the right instant, zooming by teammate Jimmie Johnson to win the first Car of Tomorrow race on a restrictor-plate track.

The COT, the old car, probably even ...

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