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New surface, same ol' Darlington

Updated: May 6, 2009, 2:44 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

Jeff Gordon is anxious after a recent glimpse of television pictures showed the surface at Darlington Raceway had turned gray, reminding him of the old track that ate up tires like a meat grinder before it was resurfaced in 2008.

If the abrasiveness is returning, that means the strategy of the 24 and crew chief Steve Letarte will change.

The old surface forced drivers to be patient and not abuse tires early in a run in order to have something left for the end. Cars would drop off ...

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