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Chief, analyst call for SAFER barriers

Updated: August 11, 2009, 6:38 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon said Tuesday he will be ready to race this weekend, even though the four-time NASCAR champion has a stiff back from his spectacular accident at Watkins Glen

Gordon, who has been bothered by an aching back for more than a year, went head-on into a steel barrier during Monday's road course race. The impact aggravated his back, but he should be able to handle this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway.

"Luckily, Michigan is up next and it's been ...

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