Jeff Gordon has been coming to Pocono Raceway for over two decades.
But when he returned for this weekend’s Pocono 400, something seemed different to the six-time winner there.
Gordon knows Pocono like the back of his hand. That’s confirmed by six wins, 19 top-fives and 29 top-10s in 42 career starts.
So if something is different, Gordon will likely be one of the first to know it.
And Gordon’s suspicions were eventually verified, as gone from the track is the well-known tunnel turn curb.
“I don’t think the track has changed – it’s just the curb I believe has been removed from Turn 2 and the access road is now like a normal apron,” Gordon said. “I think visually it’s going to take some getting used to.
“We used that curb as a real focal point and, now that it’s gone, what you used to get through that corner will be different.”
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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.
Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.
Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:
BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.
CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10
Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.
TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.
QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.
Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.