Gordon Hoping For Cool Reception At Pocono
Jeff Gordon is back behind the wheel of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Sprint Cup car at Pocono Raceway this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Jeff Gordon’s good news/bad news moment this weekend comes courtesy of the Accuweather forecasting website. First the bad; rain in the area of Pocono Raceway for much of the weekend. The good; high temperatures in the low to mid 70s over the weekend.
After last weekend’s Turkish bath-like conditions in Indianapolis for Gordon’s first Sprint Cup comeback race, the forecast for a little rain in western Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday is offset like crazy but the cool temperatures.
During his first race in the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, it wasn’t hour after hour on the demanding, tortilla-flat 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway that caused Gordon the most grief. It was the humidity…and the 90-plus degree heat.
“I wasn’t tired I was hot,” the four-time champion who stepped away from his full-time ride at Hendrick after the end of the 2015 season said. “There is a difference.”
About everybody in racing has spent the last five days asking Gordon questions like; so, how did it go?
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