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Teammate Gordon stands in way of Johnson's drive to repeat

Jimmie Johnson is trying to become the first driver to win back-to-back Cup titles since Jeff Gordon did it in 1997-98. JJ's biggest obstacle? Jeff Gordon.

Updated: October 25, 2007, 5:52 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

Jimmie Johnson is vying to be the first driver to successfully defend his Cup Series championship since Jeff Gordon won back-to-back titles in 1997-98. If Johnson falls short, he'll likely have to look no further than his Hendrick Motorsports teammate to see why.

Gordon holds a 53-point lead over Johnson heading into Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Johnson won in March. Coming off a win at Martinsville Speedway, the driver could be embarking on the ...

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