- David Newton, ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter
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CHICAGO -- The biggest news during Wednesday's pre-Chase media blitz at the House of Blues wasn't that Clint Bowyer is getting a new spotter or that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a contender for the championship.
It was Jeff Gordon's mustache.
Or mustache in progress.
Gordon vowed to his crew more than a month ago that if he made the Chase he would grow back that god-awful mustache he had in the early 1990s, when he entered the sport as a 21-year-old rookie.
So after finishing second in Saturday's race at Richmond, Gordon began letting the facial hair go.
It's still in that rough stage -- actually, it just looks like Gordon hasn't shaved his entire face for four days -- but Gordon promises to shave the beard portion and have a full-blown mustache by Friday's first Chase practice at Chicagoland Speedway.
And for the record, I can say "god-awful" because even Gordon admits now it wasn't a good look in the '90s.
"Trust me, it has nothing with being cool," Gordon said in response to a reporter's question.
Gordon's '90s mustache often was compared with that of one worn in the 1970s by men in a not-so-reputable profession. Since cleaning up his act and going GQ on us before his first championship in 1995, Gordon has become the epitome of style in NASCAR.
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