Gordon thinks new tire changer can give inside information


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon believes his new front tire changer can both improve his pit crew and give Hendrick Motorsports some important insider information.

Nick Odell, considered one of the best tire changers in NASCAR, was released from Joe Gibbs Racing after the opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Pursued by all the top teams, Odell signed with Hendrick Motorsports and made his debut Sunday with Gordon’s crew.

Gordon believes Odell can aid the entire Hendrick organization with knowledge of the air guns being used at JGR. The Gibbs crews have consistently been among the best, and many have attributed their success to advanced technology in the development of their air guns.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. estimated teams are spending $1 million annually to develop the air guns.

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