Jeff Gordon could see much needed win at Pocono


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Jeff Gordon has six wins and is ranked first among drivers all-time at Pocono Raceway. He has led 965 laps marking the most among drivers all-time at the track. He has captured two poles, 18 top-fives and 28 top-10’s at track drivers and fans alike, call, “The Tricky Triangle.”

Gordon’s last win at the track came last August, albeit rain shortened – when he drove under crashing cars, assuming the lead, before rain began. Was it luck? Possibly, but any driver will take it.

This season Gordon is eight points out of the top ten, and without a win yet this season, finds himself in an awkward place – that if the Chase started now — he would miss it.

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Pocono gives Gordon a great shot at capturing his first win of the 2013 season, and he has momentum going into it, after capturing a third place finish at Dover International Speedway last weekend.

Gordon has three top fives, and four top tens this season.

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Gordon said of his success at Dover,  that they made a pit crew change – and it seemed to give them the edge they needed to get off pit road quicker. It gave Gordon the track position to reel in a much needed top three that moved him closer to the top ten in points — but a win is ultimately what Gordon needs.

Gordon knows this weekend will be no cake walk.  “Pocono is a unique track,” Gordon said.

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“You can go out there thinking you’re pushing hard and be a second off the pace. It’s a track where a lot of speed can be lost or gained based on how hard you push it. Finding the edge and the limits is a little bit tougher on such a big race track with three unique corners.

“The tunnel turn (2) has always been one of the most hair-raising experiences on our schedule. It takes full commitment.”

“When you hit it right, it’s a beautiful thing.”

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