Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013: 8. Jeff Gordon

Birthdate: August 4, 1971 Hometown: Vallejo, CA Team: Hendrick Motorsports Crew chief: Alan Gustafson 2013 starts: 36 Poles: 2 Wins: 1 Top 5: 8 Top 10: 17 Annual earnings: $5,891,614 Championship points: 2337 Championship position: 6th Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 6th Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2012 position: 9th

Season summary:

Every time it looks as though he might be getting past his prime, the old four-time magic kicks in and Jeff Gordon springs back to life. He picked up a couple of autumn poles (at Richmond and Charlotte) and won at Martinsville as one of 17 top tens and an average finish of 14.4. Even so it looked as though Gordon would miss out on the Chase, until the fuss over race rigging at Richmond led to NASCAR adding him as an unprecedented 13th contender - a bit of largesse that Gordon wasn't thrilled about, believing with some justification that he'd done enough to deserve a proper place in the classic dozen without such sops.

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Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013 results so far:

9. Kasey Kahne
10. Martin Truex Jr.

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