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Drivers' talks often overheard

...same people who complain about it are the same ones who use it to their advantage," said Steve Letarte, Jeff Gordon's crew chief. "I usually watch what I say, so I really don't worry about it. I realize we're trying to sell it. We have...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/10/23/nas_480497.shtml
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With heavy hearts, Hendrick team goes back to work

HAMPTON, Ga. - Jeff Gordon gnawed at his lips, struggling to contain the tears that were so desperate to escape.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/30/nas_432896.shtml
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Gordon a threat for fifth championship

...good chance of finishing 1-2 in the championship," said car owner Ray Evernham, who won three championships as Gordon's crew chief. "Jimmie and Jeff both look like they can make a run at it." Until recently, Gordon was just trying to keep...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/07/08/nas_421470.shtml
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NASCAR notebook

...Kevin Hamlin, who went from Skinner's team to Earnhardt, now will move from Harvick's to Gordon's, while Gordon's crew chief, Gil Martin, will move over to Harvick's team. "Kevin (Hamlin), Gil and all of the guys in the shop haven't...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/05/30/nas_348339.shtml
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Crews confront dangers in pits

CONCORD, N.C. - This is the first time in 16 years that Lee McCall's job description doesn't include jumping in front of speeding traffic during a pit stop. He considers himself one of the lucky ones. In 15 years of changing tires on pit road during NASCAR Winston Cup Series races, he's never been seriously hurt. "I've been hit by cars a couple times," he said, "but it only led to a bunch of bumps and bruises. Nothing serious."

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/05/17/oth_313465.shtml
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Loomis relaxes after win

The voice on the other end of the telephone last Sunday night seemed too relaxed to be Robbie Loomis. Two hours earlier, his driver, Jeff Gordon, had won the road course race at the Sears Point Raceway, and that afforded one of the hardest-working, least-appreciated crew chiefs in the garage area a chance to catch his breath. "How was that?" Loomis asked with a sigh. "More important, how was it for you?" was my response.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/06/29/oth_293427.shtml
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Hunter giving good PR for raceway

Jim Hunter, forever the promoter, hit the speed dial button on the telephone at the Darlington (S.C.) Raceway as soon as the racing-themed radio show hit the national airways Tuesday night. He couldn't wait to spread the gospel about one of the most fabled raceways on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series docket. He talked about the speedway's 50-year celebration of tradition, of legendary winners and of a track that refuses to change with time.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/08/12/oth_267718.shtml
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Critics always over rainbow for Gordon

ARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jeff Gordon is driving his rainbow-colored Chevy to one of the most spectacular seasons ever in stock car racing, drawing the eyes of a nation to a sport that is just now shucking its overalls and cleaning its nails, and where's the celebration? There should be a rainbow somewhere besides on the hood of his car. He's having a Petty-Pearson-Earnhardt career, a Mark McGwire season, but he's still trying to win over critics who boo him and question his methods.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/09/08/oth_238422.shtml
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NASCAR confiscates Gordon's tires

...closer inspection. "They think that we have to cheat to win, and that just isn't the case," Ray Evernham, Gordon's crew chief and team manager of Hendrick Motorsports, said Monday. Gordon, who struggled throughout the race, took only...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/09/01/oth_237733.shtml
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Gordon's success behind redesign of Taurus

ATLANTA -- To hear crew chief Ray Evernham, NASCAR is making all of the Chevrolets on the Winston Cup circuit carry a trunk load of bricks just to keep Jeff Gordon from winning most of the races. Somebody should pop the lid, because he may be right. NASCAR has allowed Ford to build a Taurus race car that doesn't much resemble its family sedan namesake, but is aerodynamically better than the Chevy Monte Carlo. This, after the old Thunderbird was allowed design advantages over the Monte Carlo through most of the 1997 season.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/03/05/oth_223586.shtml
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