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Gordon takes one for the team ... again

Jeff Gordon did everything he could to pass teammate Jimmie Johnson and win at Martinsville. Well, almost everything, writes David Newton.

Updated: April 1, 2007, 10:22 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jeff Gordon was on the bumper of teammate Jimmie Johnson with 39 laps remaining in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Martinsville Speedway when he radioed crew chief Steve Letarte.

"Boss better give me the OK 'cause that's the only way it's going to happen," the four-time Cup champion said.

Gordon was looking for permission from car owner Rick Hendrick to bump Johnson out of the lead to collect his 76th career victory.

He didn't get it.

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