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Gordon chasing Darlington record

Updated: August 29, 2003, 4:02 PM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | Special to ESPN.com

Jeff Gordon was just 11 years old when Cale Yarborough won a record-setting fifth Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

It was a mark that many thought may never be broken, given Darlington's reputation as perhaps the toughest race track to conquer in stock car racing.

Yet, 20 years later, Gordon is poised to overtake Yarborough's seemingly unbreakable mark at the "the track too tough to tame" at this weekend's Mountain Dew Southern 500 -- the last to be held on its traditional ...

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