Smooth Tunnel Turn set to greet NASCAR drivers at Pocono this weekend

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Those bumps that jostled drivers and rattled cars in the Tunnel Turn at Pocono Raceway are gone.

Track officials smoothed the racing surface in the turn and drivers should have a more comfortable ride this weekend when NASCAR returns to Pocono Raceway.

A section of the track about 170 feet by 28 feet was milled, leveled and repaved about a week after the June race there. Also, a section of the apron about 170 feet by 12 feet was leveled and repaved.

That will create a much different setting from June when the bumps surprised drivers and caused some challenges.

“I’m looking forward to the bumps not being there because that was our worst corner,” said Joey Logano, who finished fourth to winner Martin Truex Jr. in June. “With the bumps gone, I think we were actually really good and one of the best cars in one and three, but I felt like a 20th-place car in Turn 2. I think that’s a good thing to get it all smoothed out. It was a jump. It was crazy.

“You look at pictures when we went through the corners and … the front tires were literally off the ground, so that’s not OK. I’m glad they fixed it. I think it will help us, and I look forward to going to Pocono.”