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Hendrick dominance, Junior's status stay stories

Who can beat Hendrick Motorsports after another Jeff Gordon win and what's Dale Earnhardt Jr. up to? Some things seemingly never change, writes David Newton.

Updated: May 14, 2007, 2:48 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The Nextel Cup season is starting to look like the NBA.

The San Antonio Spurs (Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and occasionally Kyle Busch) hang around the lead for three quarters while the Phoenix Suns (Denny Hamlin or Tony Stewart) look poised for victory.

Then the Spurs (Gordon this week) take control in the fourth quarter to win like they seemingly always do.

Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards (everybody else in the field) scratch their heads and wonder ...

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