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Gordon snaps skid at elusive Texas
With all the success came all the trappings of success: Meeting with the press at the tailgate of his transporter that weekend, Gordon declined comment when asked if the situation was hurting his performance. But Edwards' crew had problems changing tires and he dropped 10 spots to 11th coming off pit row. At Atlanta, though, the weekend of March 10, rumors began to circulate that Gordon and his wife had separated. His season started reasonably enough.
David Pearson, every 5. Listed optimistically at 5'7" and pounds, Gordon isn't very threatening physically, but the psychological violence of his arrival is stunning. Earnhardt got pushed to the top of the track, allowing Gordon to charge ahead, and wound up sliding all the way to 20th. John and Carol weren't rich. If you wanted to hate him, you could point to the fact that he'd stepped out of one controlling relationship right into another--the year he got married he fired his own father.