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LONG POND, Pa. — Back issues that kept Jeff Gordon out of practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this year haven't returned, yet the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion said it's unlikely he'll every be completely rid of the problem.
"I don't think my back is ever going to be the same after what happened at Charlotte," Gordon said Friday at Pocono Raceway, where the series is preparing for Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).
"I don't know exactly what transpired there, yet it's not the same."
Gordon, 42 (and will turn 43 on Monday), sat out one of the practice sessions leading into this year's Coca-Cola 600 due to back spasms that surfaced the previous day. He had completed less than 12 laps when he informed his Hendrick Motorsports team that he could not continue due to the back pain.
He did compete in the 600, & finished seventh.
His victory last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the 90th of his career & the second of this season. He leads teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 24 points in the standings, & will start fifth here Sunday, fastest among the four Hendrick Chevrolets.
"I have to be much more careful," Gordon said, "and do more stretching. Is it going to flare up again? It could. But I'm just trying to be more cautious with the things that I do that I feel like I contribute to that.
"But yeah, it's not great, that's for sure."
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