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Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Back to chasing Gordon

The Hendrick Motorsports empire will celebrate its sixth consecutive Sprint Cup title in November.

One person will be conspicuously absent: Jimmie Johnson.

The five-time champion will finally be dethroned, not by any of his archrivals named Busch or anybody else. His good friend and teammate Jeff Gordon is going to bring him down.

And so it is written.

In his own words, Gordon is "rejuvenated" after three regular-season victories, including a thrilling run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in which he held off a furious charge from Johnson in the last 10 laps.

"He may not have had the dominance in recent years that we've seen before, but it's still...