Gordon's 30-point deficit is bigger than it looks with history as a guide

Jeff Gordon's 30-point deficit may not seem like a lot, but a look back at history shows few drivers have come back to win the title in the final two races of the season, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: November 6, 2007, 3:56 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Whatever little advantage Jeff Gordon has at Phoenix, where he won in April, he needs it now. History tells us he's in a bad place, pointswise.

Gordon is 30 points behind teammate Jimmie Johnson with two races remaining in the 2007 Nextel Cup season.

It doesn't sound like much, but moving from second to first in the standings hasn't happened often through the years.

Since the modern era began in 1975, only twice has a driver overcome a deficit of 30 ...

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