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Gordon finally at peace with himself after years striving to please

Not long ago, Jeff Gordon found himself a four-time champion who didn't recognize the man in the mirror. He hasn't won any more Cups, but he says he's gained something valuable; he's finally his own man, writes Marty Smith.

Updated: November 29, 2007, 3:16 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Jeff Gordon said he got a clearer vision of the man he wanted to be after learning to spend time alone.

NEW YORK -- In the cramped single-seater men's restroom at Café Luxembourg in Manhattan, on the wall behind the toilet, hangs a '40s-era black-and-white photograph of three women, naked, leaning on the bar, bare bottoms in all their cheeky glory right out there for the world to see.

In the photo, ...

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