NASCAR: 5 Reasons Why Jeff Gordon May Surprise Us in 2013

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NASCAR: 5 Reasons Why Jeff Gordon May Surprise Us in 2013
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Just when you're ready to count him out, Jeff Gordon keeps coming back.

His most recent bounce back occurred in this year's season-ending race at Homestead, where Gordon came from behind to beat rival Clint Bowyer for the race victory, earning his 87th career Sprint Cup win—the most wins of any driver in NASCAR's modern era from 1972 to the present.

Gordon's achievement might have had more notoriety had it not been for the fact that the Homestead race was also where Brad Keselowski won his first career Sprint Cup championship.

Five years ago, Gordon debated whether he'd even still be racing at the age of 40. But here he is now at 41 and he's had his two best seasons performance-wise in a row since 2007.

Gordon will be back behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet in 2013, marking his 21st full-time season on the Sprint Cup circuit.

And if he stays true to the form he's shown us the last two seasons, Gordon could potentially be on the verge of a surprising season in 2013. Let's look at why:

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