Team Chevy Drivers Capture Three of Top-Five Starting Positions at Pocono
Team Chevy drivers captured three of the top-five and five of the top-10 starting positions for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Paul Menard, No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet, scored the number two starting spot for the 5-Hour Energy 500 with Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, nailing down the third starting position.
Regan Smith, No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, will roll off fifth in the 200-lap.500-mile race that has a scheduled start time of 1:00 p.m. ET tomorrow.
Ryan Newman, No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet, and, Mark Martin, No. 5 Farmers Insurance/GoDadd.com Chevrolet, will start in the eighth and 10th positions respectively.
A total of 17 Chevrolet drivers will take the green flag for the 14th race of the season.
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 PITTSBURG PAINT/MENARDS CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 2ND ON HIS LAP: “Our car is good. We anticipated rain today so we did a mock run early and we’re trying to start up front. I was hoping for rain, honestly; but to start second in the race after qualifying is a lot more meaningful. The guys have just done a great job all weekend. Long runs. We made a couple of 10-lap runs yesterday and we’re happy with the car. We need to work on a couple little things but it doesn’t fall off as much as we’ve seen a lot of cars do.”
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 12th ON HIS RUN: "Man I am bummed, that was a butt kicking out there. We got really good in race trim during second practice. We can surely better where we were going to start anyway. I am looking forward to the race, I really am. The track is super fast. I knew it was out there. I would say there is more than out there. All the good cars are going to the back, I don't know how that works (LAUGHS).
WHAT IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR? "We've been good, we are just missing speed. The difference is from last year to this year is where we are at on the board. I think we honed in on a good package for the race yesterday in the second practice. We just showed up with the same thing we had here last year and obviously the boys have picked up since then."
REGAN SMITH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 5th ON HIS RUN: "I felt like I got it all based on where we practiced. There might be more out there, I don't think that is a pole run by any means but it was a big gain from our practice mock-up run yesterday. I really wanted to get qualifying in because I really didn't want to start 28th. The Furniture Row Chevy in race trim is really good. So hopefully we'll get a little bit better pit stall selection and all that stuff. So we'll see how it ends up."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3rd
ON HIS LAP, WHY DID YOU SOUND SURPRISED AT TIME? "It was just too smooth. When you look at the amount of speed you have to pick up from practice. you know you are going to be pushing it on the edge and be real aggressive. The track has a lot of grip in it but I just didn't think I pushed it hard enough to be honest. I kind of missed the bottom in one. Felt like I got through the tunnel good and felt like I got through three good but I didn't feel like I got through anywhere great. It was a nice complete lap, I guess that is what a lap...I swear I'm still saying they need to re-check the time. I don't know, it just didn't feel like it was that fast, because, that is fast around here, especially from what we were running yesterday in practice. Couldn't be more proud of the guys on this DuPont Chevrolet. Made great adjustments. The car was definitely well balanced, and I am really excited about that lap definitely."
-source: team chevy