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Birth of daughter a nice consolation prize for Gordon

Winning a Nextel Cup championship would have been a capper to a great year for Jeff Gordon, but it wasn't to be, writes David Newton.

Updated: November 21, 2007, 1:01 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Ingrid Vandebosch held her 5-month-old daughter, Ella, tightly as Daddy got into his race car Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Ella had no clue why so many people were gathered around her and the multicolored No. 24 car on pit road. She was oblivious to where the man she has yet to call by name stood in the points standings or what he had to do to overtake the 86-point lead teammate Jimmie Johnson had built to win a fifth title.

She was just enjoying ...

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