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Jeff Gordon remains hopeful

Updated: September 21, 2012, 11:05 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- The mustache is gone, but Jeff Gordon still is optimistic about his title chances that were thwarted by a stuck throttle in Sunday's Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway.

The throttle stuck and sent Gordon's No. 24 car into the wall on lap 188 after he ran in the top 5 most of the race. Gordon finished 35th, leaving him 47 points behind race winner Brad Keselowski.

The next day the four-time champion shaved the nostalgic mustache -- he donned a mustache when he entered ...

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