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Struggling Gordon a casualty of bad pit stops, bad timing

The best part of Jeff Gordon's disastrous day at Michigan International Speedway? Moving forward, it's "go all out" or go home for the No. 24 team.

Updated: August 18, 2008, 8:58 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jeff Gordon claimed he was actually "relieved" to plummet from sixth to ninth in the standings Sunday after wrecking out of the 3M Performance 400.

"Now we can just not worry about anything," he said, meaning he can go for broke, "just go all out," through the final three races till the Chase.

But the fully frazzled look on his face precluded his putting the best possible face on a disastrous day for him and the rest of the sputtering Hendrick ...

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