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Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman feel they belong in Chase

Under normal circumstances, Jeff Gordon said, he would have declined NASCAR’s 12th-hour offer to make him the 13th driver in the 12-man Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

But NASCAR’s regular-season finale Sept. 7 at Richmond International Raceway was run under anything but normal circumstances. The outcome of the Federated Auto Parts 400 was called into question by allegations it had been manipulated by Michael Waltrip Racing.

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