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Jimmie Johnson

End of rainbow: Gordon fails to land 5th title in final race

Jeff Gordon ended up with a goodbye party instead of a championship celebration.

Gordon failed to add a fairytale ending to his storied career Sunday, finishing sixth in the NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

But it did little to dampen the four-time NASCAR champion's day, which was filled with family, friends and farewell tributes.

"There's no doubt that just being a part of this day, wrapping up this amazing career, there's no doubt in my mind that it didn't take the championship for me to come out of here feeling like I'm on top of the world, and I am," Gordon said. "I just can't help the competitor in me still is cutting into that...