Gordon relying on new front tire changer

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jeff Gordon believes his new front tire changer can improve his pit crew and give Hendrick Motorsports some inside information on the competition.

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. He was immediately pursued by nearly every top Sprint Cup team, and settled on Hendrick Motorsports.

Odell made his debut Sunday at Dover with Gordon's crew, and Gordon believed the pit stops were improved.