Jeff Burton posted the top time during final practice for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Pocono International Raceway. Burton's lap of 167.616 mph bested the field by over a mile-per-hour. Burton will start fifth for Sunday's Pocono 500. "I think...
Jeff Burton posted the top time during final practice for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Pocono International Raceway. Burton's lap of 167.616 mph bested the field by over a mile-per-hour.
Burton will start fifth for Sunday's Pocono 500.
"I think you hear a lot about having to sacrifice one corner to get the other two, and stuff like that, but I don't believe that," said Burton of racing at Pocono. "I think in today's times as competitive as this is, you've got to run well in every corner. You've got to attack this race track. You've got to go at it aggressively. But you've also got to go into this race knowing it's a really long race.
"You approach this race like you do the Coca-Cola 600. This is an exceptionally long race and things happen here quickly, but it takes a long time for this race to develop. Patience is really important, but you've also got to be aggressive. But you've got to attack this race track. If you don't attack it, you won't go fast enough."
Kasey Kahne was second with a lap of 166.282 mph, "I always enjoy racing here. It's pretty neat to have three different corners and have to change everything up every time you get to a corner. I'm looking forward to Sunday, looking forward to making some more changes to our UAW/Dodge Dealers Dodge Charger. I think we've got a shot at getting a good, solid top five out of here this weekend."
Brian Vickers, pole sitter Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards complete the top five fastest times.
"Last year we won the first time we visited the track and then went back a second time and finished fourth. Pocono has a lot of unique characteristics that make racing there a lot of fun," commented Edwards.
Notably, Dale Jarrett flew home to attend his daughter's graduation so teammate Elliott Sadler practiced both the No. 38 and No. 88 Robert Yates Racing Fords. The 38 car was 18th quickest and the 88 was 25th.
Point leader Jimmie Johnson, who starts tenth, grabbed the sixth fastest time.