For five-time track winner Jeff Gordon and Team DuPont, Sunday’s race at the Pocono Raceway was a trip to the unknown, as the site for the Pocono 400 was repaved during the off-season.
"There really is no comparison from last year to this year because nothing compares to a repave," said Jeff. "We'll probably have very little in our setup this weekend compared to what we ran here last year.
In 38 starts at the 2.5-mile track, Jeff has five wins, two poles, 17 top-fives and 27 top-10s. While he believes the setups will be different, Jeff expects some of the same challenges this weekend at the Pennsylvania track.
"No matter what, we'll face similar challenges (at Pocono) just because the shape and the banking of the turns haven't changed,” said Jeff. "The grip level and the smoothness of the track will determine how aggressive we can be getting the car 'sealed' down to the race track."
Another significant change is the shortening of the races at Pocono from 500 miles to 400 miles.
"I think a shorter race at Pocono is going to be a better race and a more exciting race," said Jeff. "We'll have fewer laps, so I don't know how that will change strategy for the race."
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