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Gordon is the anti-rule

Updated: June 6, 2002, 8:42 AM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | ESPN.com

Unless your name is Jeff Gordon, winning the Winston Cup championship in the last six seasons has proven to be more of a career jinx than the start of a legacy.

Don't believe me? Just ask Terry Labonte, Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte. After winning the title and earning the cheers of adoring fans, their careers have taken a pronounced skid downward.

Example 1: After earning his second career title in 1996 (his first was in 1984), Terry Labonte fell into an ignominious spiral that ...

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