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NASCAR adds Jeff Gordon to the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Friday, Sep. 13, 2013
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    Jeff Gordon speaks to members of the media during qualifying at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Gordon won the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • NASCAR Richmond Auto Racing

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    In a photo provided by NASCAR< Jeff Gordon (24) and Kurt Busch (78) as they lead the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/NASCAR, Chris Graythen)

  • NASCAR Richmond Auto Racing

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    Jeff Gordon and his wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, could smile before Saturday’s race in Richmond, Va., but not afterward.

After a review of the "total circumstances" of Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Chairman Brian France has elected to add Jeff Gordon to this season's Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Gordon will be added as a 13th driver to the field, which already includes the Top 10 in series standings plus two wild cards based on number of wins.

NASCAR has also placed the Front Row Motorsports and Penske Racing organizations on probation for the remainder of the year.

NASCAR will hold a mandatory meeting with teams on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway in which in will spell out its policies and rules regarding team orders and other team communication issues going forward.

"More than anything, it's just the right thing to do," France said. "There were just too many things that went on that gave a clear disadvantage to (Gordon)."



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