Pressure to win at all costs upped for likes of Gordon, Stewart

The new Chase format may have the effect NASCAR desired. Watkins Glen saw a wild finish as the pressure to win outweighed the need to finish well, writes David Newton.

Updated: August 13, 2007, 2:43 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Jeff Gordon disappeared into his hauler as quickly as he disappeared from the lead with two laps remaining in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

Ten minutes.

Twenty minutes.

Forty minutes passed before the four-time Cup champion emerged to discuss his unprovoked spinout that sent Tony Stewart to his third win in four races.

He was mad, to say the least.

"I was trying to regroup and think ...

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