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Thursday, April 11

Gordon wants more than half for risky job
Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon has countersued his wife for divorce, saying he should not have to equally split the couple's estate because he risked his life to collect it.

Gordon, a four-time Winston Cup champion, wants a larger share of the couple's businesses, homes, cars and boats. They have been married seven years and have no children.

"Due to the husband's extraordinary contributions to the acquisition of the funds as a result of his hazardous, life-threatening occupation, the husband claims that he should be entitled to greater than 50 percent interest in the net marital estate," according to documents filed Wednesday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.

"He's not a banker that goes to work from 9-to-5," his divorce attorney, Donald J. Sasser, told The Palm Beach Post on Thursday. "His life is in his hands."

Gordon's wife, the former Jennifer Brooke Sealey, filed for the divorce March 15, saying the marriage is "irretrievably broken." She is seeking alimony, exclusive use of the couple's $9 million oceanfront home in Palm Beach County and periodic use of a Mercedes, Porsche, several boats and an airplane.

Her attorney, Jeff Fisher, said Jeff Gordon is "arrogant and selfish" for claiming he should get more money because his job is dangerous.

"The element of risk is irrelevant," Fisher said. "It's his choice of career."

Gordon is in his 10th full season in Winston Cup. The 30-year-old driver has won 58 races and more than $45 million in prize money.

Off to a slow start this year in defense of his Winston Cup title, Gordon denied this weekend that his personal problems have affected his on-track performance.

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