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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is Jeff Gordon's personal playground

Rick Mears, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser ... and Jeff Gordon. Each has won four times at the famed Brickyard. But only Gordon has done it in a stock car, making Indianapolis Motor Speedway his personal playground, writes Ryan McGee.

Updated: July 24, 2008, 2:39 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

When he was just a kid, Jeff Gordon made his first pilgrimage to The Speedway, pressing his face up against the long chain-link fence that lines Gasoline Alley.

It was there that he watched Al Unser, A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford tow their slick, super-fast Indy cars in and out of the garage. He even managed to score an autograph from his personal hero, four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears.

"I don't think I stopped smiling for a week," he recalls, smiling ...

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