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NOTES: Beginning third season at Hendrick Motorsports. … Won at Bristol and Pocono last season. … Had a disappointing Chase - by crashing at New Hampshire in the second round he dropped to 13th in points and never recovered. … Wound up 12th in final standings.

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No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports

DRIVER: Jeff Gordon

BORN: Aug. 4, 1971

HOMETOWN: Pittsboro, Ind.

CREW CHIEF: Alan Gustafson

SPONSOR: Drive To End Hunger

TWITTER: @JeffGordonWeb

NOTES: Was added to the Chase by NASCAR Chairman Brian France as an unprecedented 13th driver to the 12-driver field when it was found other teams manipulated the outcome of the final qualifying race. … Had just one win on the season, at Martinsville in October, and one pole, at Charlotte two weeks earlier. … Started on the outside front row in the Daytona 500 last year. … Finished sixth in the final standings.

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No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports

DRIVER: Marcos Ambrose

BORN: Sept. 1, 1976

HOMETOWN: Launceston, Tasmania

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