Jeff Gordon races into Chase

Updated: September 10, 2012, 5:33 PM ET
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- With his season essentially on the line, Jeff Gordon used a vintage drive to rally his way into NASCAR's championship chase.

The 41-year-old Gordon battled an ill-handling car early Saturday night, then took off at the end to finish second to race winner Clint Bowyer at Richmond International Raceway. His finish wrested the final berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship away from Kyle Busch.

"How 'bout Gordon!" yelled winner Bowyer, "he was terrible ...

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