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Triumphant Gordon pays tribute to longtime foe

The drought lasted eight months and 26 races. But Jeff Gordon finally got to dust off the black No. 3 flag to honor the late Dale Earnhardt, writes David Newton.

Updated: April 29, 2007, 6:07 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Gordon misses the bumps that the late Dale Earnhardt used to give him on the track for seemingly no reason at all. He misses the way Earnhardt would sneak up behind people in the garage and pinch them on the neck.

He misses the talks he had with the seven-time champion about boats, especially since he no longer gets seasick and owns one.

"I'd like to have him around now to tell him how much it cost me," Gordon said with a laugh late Saturday ...

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