Five Team Chevy Drivers Occupy Starting Positions In The Top-15 For Sunday’S Good Sam Rv Insurance 500
Fresh from his Brickyard 400 last week at Indianapolis, Paul Menard leads the Team Chevy charge in his No. 27 Certain Teed/Menards Chevrolet with a seventh place starting position for Sunday’s Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway. Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet will start outside next to Menard in eighth; and Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet starts 10th, putting three Chevrolets in the top 10 in the starting line-up.
Ryan Newman, No. 39 Tornados Chevrolet qualified 12th, and Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet qualified 14th; to round out five solid top 15 starting positions for Team Chevy.
Joey Logano (Toyota) won the pole position. Kasey Kahne (Toyota), Martin Truex, Jr. (Toyota), Carl Edwards (Ford), and Kurt Busch (Dodge) will start second through fifth, respectively.
The Good Sam RV Insurance 500 will be aired live on Sunday, August 7, by ESPN at l:00 p.m. ET; and also by MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 CERTAINTEED/MENARDS CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 7TH:
ON HIS QUALIFYING: "It was a pretty good lap for the CertainTeed/Menards team. That gives us a good starting spot for tomorrow's race. It's good to get that behind us and now we can focus on continuing the momentum from last week's (Brickyard 400) win."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 8TH:
ON HIS QUALIFYING EFFORT: “We are happy with that lap. The track is getting faster and faster. We feel good about that lap. We were a little behind in qualifying trim yesterday, we were really happy in race trim but weren’t where we wanted to be in Q trim. We made a lot of changes this morning and that got us a lot closer. The car drove good and that is ok.”
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 10th
WHAT WORKS FOR YOU AT POCONO? “The last couple of years we’ve had our cars handling really good and as you get into the race there is a lot of fall-off in the tires. But our Budweiser Chevrolet has been really good in race trim. We only made one qualifying run at the end of the second practice yesterday. Qualifying has been a struggle for me. The cars are like this pretty much every week but it’s few and far between that I get all of it out of it. But still, a lot left out there; but a good lap for us.”
DO YOU FEEL AT THIS POINT THAT IT’S STILL GOING TO RAIN? “Knowing the way it usually goes for us in qualifying, probably (laughs).”
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 14th: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS WEEKEND WITH THAT QUALIFYING EFFORT? “Hopefully that will get us near the top-15. Starting position and track position on a track this side is key. Hopefully we an keep it there.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 16th:
ON HIS LAP: “It felt like it was a really good lap. This is one of the tracks that you come to that when the sun goes away or cools off, you pick up so much grip. For me, it was right between needing to shift and not needing to shift. I did two qualifying runs in practice and shifted in one and didn’t shift in the other and I felt much better about downshifting. I did that all three corners there and the engine certainly is over-reved when you come out of the corners, but it seems like the car accelerates really well. This has been a really tough track for me. Turn three has been really hard and I had the goofiest line of all time coming through there because I want to run low and everyone else runs high. The more worn out that pavement gets on the outside; the better it is for me because I just haven’t been able to figure it out. But, it was a good run for our Bass Pro Chevy.”
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 22nd
“I think our Target Chevy is pretty good here. We’ve done a lot of work. We unloaded a little bit off from where we needed to be and we did a lot of changes. I think the biggest road course thing is downshifting now you know, with the gear they allow you to run now. There is a big benefit if you know how to use it and myself being a road racer, it always helps.”