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When he won the fifth Chase race at Charlotte to widen his points lead to 198 over fourth-place Stewart, Jeff Gordon
refused to rule him out. "I don't care, until he's mathematically out of it, that guy is a threat, a major threat," Gordon said.
With seven Chase races in the books, Stewart still isn't mathematically out, but he's not a threat to win his second title in three yeas. Finishing 30th at Atlanta took care of that, as Stewart battled a loose car all day and ended six laps down.
GOING THE WRONG WAY
It's not certain whether he is really out of the Raybestos Rookie of the Year race (conduct points are included in the final judging, but not among the countless stats NASCAR shares with the media), but on track the Roush Fenway driver is making matters hard on himself.
Ragan finished 33rd at Atlanta, nine laps down after a midrace accident in the No. 6 Ford. That was one spot better than rookie leader Juan Pablo Montoya
, but at 171 points back of the Colombian with three races to go, Ragan is running out of time.
SHOWING SOME LOVE FOR
We can only imagine how much friendly needling Sorenson has to put up with over his pink Dodge, but funny how that works sometimes. With days like Sunday at Atlanta, maybe he should stay pink in 2008. The Peachtree City, Ga., native has four top-10s this year and half have come at the hometown track, including a career-high third in the Pep Boys Auto 500. Sorenson was the only non-Chase driver in the top eight at Atlanta.
Though practically invisible with Target Ganassi Racing this season, given the year-long attention to Juan Pablo Montoya and recent hype over Dario Franchitti
, Sorenson has quietly been respectable. After finishing 24th in his rookie season last year, Sorenson is 22nd and has an outside shot at cracking the top 20.