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      Banned after one race: The story behind Jeff Gordon’s dominant car in the 1997 All-Star Race

      “It ran one race, it dominated that race, and was banned by NASCAR.”

      That’s the story of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet from the 1997 All-Star Race, according to three-time champion crew chief Ray Evernham.

      Evernham, who served as Gordon’s crew chief in the Cup Series from 1992 through 1999, shared the inside story of the legendary car with Hendrick Motorsports, recalling the genius behind its design and what happened after the race.

      “If it wasn’t for Jeff Gordon driving that car it might still be legal. … It was just a really well-built race car that Jeff Gordon decided to put his foot to the floor at the height of his career and just smoked those guys.” 

      Read more about the car from Hendrick Motorsports: ‘The true story behind the legendary T-Rex’