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Chase stretch run likely to test Gordon-Johnson friendship

Can anything dent the friendship forged by Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson? Not likely, writes David Newton.

Updated: October 12, 2007, 3:12 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were sitting around the table on the first Tuesday of April, taking jabs at one another as they normally do on poker night.

"So, Jeff, pretty slick moves I made to win that race at Martinsville, huh?" Johnson said with a wry smile.

"Jimmie, I don't care what boss man Rick Hendrick says. Next time you block me like that I'm putting you in the wall," Gordon responded with a half-hearted laugh.

OK, so ...

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