NASCAR's Young gunners

As the rookies rise, some Spring Cup vets might get kicked to the curb.

Updated: August 24, 2011, 12:21 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Sept. 5 edition of ESPN The Magazine

A few weeks ago, Jeff Gordon was making the race-morning walk from his infield motor coach to the Sprint Cup garage when he spotted fellow racers Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski in a conversation circle. Gordon, barely one week removed from his 40th birthday, pointed to the group and shook his head. "The young guns -- I used to be one of those. Five years from now, you'll be ignoring me ...

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