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Gordon's 700th start has meaning

Updated: May 11, 2013, 12:30 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- It's often sad watching sports stars play out their careers in almost total obscurity, without having a chance to go out on top.

It's almost painful watching them go through the motions and compete at a level far below that which made them stars, in some cases just to collect a paycheck.

It happens in all sports.

Nobody wants to be that guy.

Jeff Gordon certainly doesn't.

"I remember watching Darrell [Waltrip] ...

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