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Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
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5: The number of DNFs (did not finish) Jeff Gordon has suffered in 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, most among drivers in the top 30 in the standings. It's a testament to Gordon's determination that the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet SS nevertheless is 14th in points and well within striking distance of the top 10. With eight races left before the Chase field is set, Gordon trails 10th-place Tony Stewart by a mere 12 points. This weekend, the Cup series heads for New Hampshire, where Gordon hasn't finished outside the top 15 since 2005.