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The Glen's unique challenge awaits drivers Sunday

Updated: August 11, 2006, 4:47 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

Jeff Gordon's hardly a lock for the Chase for the Nextel Cup at this point, and there's no guarantee a trip to Watkins Glen will get him a step closer to that goal.

For a time, hitting the Glen seemed to guarantee Gordon a spot in the top five. He has been there for 13 Cup races and has won four of them and finished in the top five on six occasions.

Gordon hasn't won on the 2.45-mile facility since 2001, though, having not been a factor in 2002, running out of gas on the last ...

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