Pocono II: Casey Atwood qualifying notes

Casey Atwood's Dodge wins ARCA pole at Pocono. CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Competing in his first ARCA race, Casey Atwood won the pole position Thursday for Saturday's Automobile Racing Club of America Race at Pocono...

Casey Atwood's Dodge wins ARCA pole at Pocono.

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T)

NOTE: Competing in his first ARCA race, Casey Atwood won the pole position Thursday for Saturday's Automobile Racing Club of America Race at Pocono Raceway. Atwood talks about his fast lap.

"This Dodge was really good, and Sirius and Cometic were on the car. I just thank Ray (car owner Evernham) for giving me the chance to come and race. All these guys worked really hard -- Sammy (Johns) and everyone. You know I worked with Sammy last year so we hit it off pretty fast and pretty good. You know he just built me a good race car today to come out here.

"Dodge and Ray are doing everything they can do to bring up some new technology in Winston Cup. Usually we do this kind of stuff at a track. We rent the track and just go run laps by ourselves, and we just wanted to put it in real race conditions. This was a perfect opportunity to do that.

"I think we learned some stuff. Myself, I think I got some experience today, and I'm already used to the track. I've already got some time on it today. I'll be ready to get in the Sirius Dodge tomorrow. I'll be ready a lot quicker than I normally would be.

"I think we can transfer some things over. Basically, the car's the same. We'll just transfer what we learn tomorrow for the ARCA race. They pretty much weigh about the same. I think the setups will transfer over. I think the only thing different is the tires. I could definitely tell a little bit of difference in the tires, but I still think the same setups will transfer over.

"It was a good lap. I think I could have been a little faster. I got through one really, really good, and I got through the tunnel turn real good, but I slipped up and got loose in turn three. Iit was enough, so it didn't matter.

"To be in their second year back, Dodge is doing a great job. I mean, they won a race in their first season back, and that's not easy. I mean we're racing against people, Chevrolet and Ford and Pontiac, who have had their body design for a long time. To come and be as strong as they have, you've got to know that they've got some championships coming up soon.

"Everything's going great. It's been a big struggle so far. I've been through three crew chiefs, and I think we've found the right combination. Tony Furr coming over from the No. 25 brings a lot of experience. He's worked with Ray before. He and I hit it off. He turned our program from a 30th place car to a top 15, just by adding him like that. Once we get to work with each other more I think we'll have some good races. I think we'll definitely be good this weekend. I finished 11th (his best finish of the season) here last time, so we're going to try and improve on that."

-dodge motorsports-

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