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Sprint Cup drivers face a lot of unknowns at Phoenix, not the least of which are the new Gen-6 cars and a new Goodyear tire featuring compound changes on both sides of the car designed to provide more grip.
As far as Jeff Gordon is concerned, the changes are positive.
"I was very pleased with everything I felt out there," Gordon said. "I thought the tire and the track conditions were not as edgy and unpredictable as what we've seen in the past here, which tells me that the pavement is aging, which is a good thing.
"The tire...luckily Goodyear came and did some testing here and found that now we've lost a little grip in this track, and now we can soften this tire up and maybe we can have some falloff over a longer run. So, everything I think has come together pretty nicely."
Goodyear based its tire choice on a test last Oct. 23-24, with seven Cup drivers participating: Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.
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Jeff Gordon has one win in 2001, six top-five finishes and seven top-10s in 15 starts at Las Vegas Motorspeedway. He's led 457 laps in the desert, so he knows a thing or two about the fast was around LVMS. "There are some bumps down in Turns 1 and 2 that you really need your car to get through," said Gordon, who ranks eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings...
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A second trip to Victory Lane for Jeff Gordon at Las Vegas? If it happens this Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400, it probably will be a bumpy ride.
Along with his lone win in 2001, Gordon has six top-five finishes and seven top-10s in 15 starts at the 1.5-mile track. He knows his way around Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), pacing the field 457 times.
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi MAX Chevrolet, met with media and discussed learning the new race car, the softer Goodyear tire, Danica Patrick’s performance at Daytona, an extra day of testing in Las Veqas, and more.
WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING ABOUT THE NEW RACE CAR? “The car’s got good grip and I think the tire and the car combination is a good one. It feels good out there...
A second trip to Victory Lane for Jeff Gordon at Las Vegas? If it happens this Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400, it probably will be a bumpy ride.
Along with his lone win in 2001, Gordon has six top-fives and seven top-10's in 15 starts at the 1.5-mile track. He knows his way around Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), pacing the field 457 times.
"There are some...
Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr., talk outside the garage during practice (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
Last Wednesday, Total Sports Blog reported that Jeremy Clements, a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, had been suspended by NASCAR indefinitely for violating the Code of Conduct.
We finally have reasons for the suspension. According to MTV, Clements uttered a racial slur in a conversation...