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Something else that is getting bigger in Texas? The groove at Texas Motor Speedway, according to Jeff Gordon.
It has been feast or famine for the driver of the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet at the Texas track. In 23 starts, Gordon has one win (2009), two poles, eight top-fives and 11 top-10's. He also has seven finishes of 25th or worse.
"Texas has been 'hit or miss' for me," said Gordon ahead of Sunday's AAA Texas 500. "I love the facility, and the track has matured over the years. The groove has really widened out compared to the first few races here.
"It's become one of my favorite tracks."
A widened groove certainly helped him in the April event. After starting 34th, Gordon had worked his way through traffic up to 10th by lap 94. The 86-time winner gained six more positions over the final 234 caution-free laps - including cutting a 15-second deficit to the leader nearly in half following his final green-flag pit stop.
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